Wales Millennium Centre Supports Cardiff Foster Walk



Wales Millennium Centre is supporting The Fostering Network’s ‘Foster Walk’ in Cardiff on Sunday the 9th of September 2018.

The Centre will be the start and end point to the network’s flagship fundraising event, which aims to raise money to help The Fostering Network continue their work transforming the lives of fostered children.

The 5k route will go from the Centre around Cardiff Bay up to the barrage and back towards the harbour. The walk will be led and marshalled by staff and volunteers from The Fostering Network and families will be encouraged to bring a picnic along to enjoy at the end of the 5k route or enjoy food at the Centre at Caffi or ffresh Bar.

Participants are recommended to wear orange to show support for fostering and to add some colour and fun to the day. The Fostering Network are hoping for in the region of 50 families to attend.

Clare Sage of The Fostering Network said: “We are incredibly grateful for the continued support from Wales Millennium Centre for our Foster Walk Wales. The Fostering Network helps to transform fostered children’s lives through supporting and training foster carers and by giving children and young people a voice. We are looking forward to the whole fostering community coming together for a fun filled day in Cardiff Bay and at the Centre. We still have spaces available on the walk, so don’t miss out on a fantastic family friendly day out.”

 The Centre began working with The Fostering Network in 2016, welcoming foster families to ‘The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl’ – an interactive experience centred around the works of one of Cardiff’s most renowned authors.

The Centre is also working with The Fostering Network and others to develop further engagement opportunities in the future.

As part of the Confidence in Care Programme, The Fostering Network worked with Wales Millennium Centre to provide 8 young people, aged between 11 and 15 with sessions that aimed to improve confidence, self-achievement and trust and enabled the young people involved to forge new friendships and engage siblings and families in the process.

The sessions took place every Sunday for 10 weeks and were designed to help the young people develop life skills through the medium of performing arts, to provide opportunities to explore productions and experience different artistic work.

The programme was a huge success and feedback was incredibly positive. Talks have already begun around running three more pilots across Wales.

The Fostering Network is an important partner for the Centre in relation to its creative learning strategy and ambition to be more useful to the most vulnerable young people in Wales.

Sarah Roberts, Senior Producer, Creative Learning at Wales Millennium Centre said: “We are delighted to be working alongside the team at The Fostering Network once again by providing activities for participants as part of Foster Walk Wales. We offer free family workshops every Saturday and school holiday and welcome any and all families to come along and get creative together.

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