Team Fostering carer involved in Northumberland Pride

08 March 2018


At Team Fostering, we are proud to recruit and work with LGBT foster carers and staff. This week is LGBT Fostering and Adoption Week 2018 in the UK and we're celebrating those who choose fostering as a career. We never discriminate based on gender, sexuality, age, ethnicity, disability or beliefs, and look forward to further expanding our amazing group of foster carers from all backgrounds.

If you're interested in becoming a foster carer or transferring to Team from another agency, we'd love to hear from you and you can get in touch here.

To further celebrate LGBT Fostering and Adoption Week, we speak to one of our foster carers who is on the committee of Northumberland Pride which is taking place this year. Debbie and her husband have fostered with Team for a number of years, and her passion for equality and zero tolerance towards discrimination is very much in line with our own. Read more about the event...

Can you tell us more about Northumberland Pride?

Northumberland Pride was set up in Summer 2017 by a good friend of mine, Lorna Stewart-Hook. We had marched at Northern Pride in Newcastle earlier that year and carried a colourful flag promoting diversity and acceptance of the LGBT+ community, which had been created by prisoners at HMP Northumberland where Lorna works. During an interview with the Northumberland Gazette she noted how great it would be for Northumberland to have its own Pride! Before long she was inundated with messages from people and organisations saying “Let’s do it!”.. so, she did!

What’s your role?

My role within the committee focuses on driving community engagement, relationship building and raising awareness. I’m an ally, meaning I can use my position of ‘privilege’ to encourage others to think about what some members of the LGBT+ community go through. Some LGBT friends of mine have experienced rejection from their family, faith group or even the wider community, and the public aren’t always aware of just how shocking the statistics of discrimination really are.

How can people get involved?

Be with us on Saturday 2nd June 2018 in Alnwick! This is the first of what we hope will be many annual events across different parts of Northumberland. This year’s theme is Communities and Allies. There’ll be a march through part of Alnwick, followed by an event with live music, stalls, health zone family zone and more at Alnwick rugby club. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

What are you most looking forward to most?

All of it! It’s a fantastic opportunity for us all to be part of a movement for equality and acceptance, so please join us on the march. Let’s put Northumberland on the map for LGBT+ inclusion!

The post-march event is really taking shape now. We have local and professional musicians on the line-up which we’re going to reveal over time. The event is family friendly and there’ll be a family zone offering activities as well as support and advice. Rainbow Kids will be there by the busload! There’ll also be a health zone offering advice, information and perhaps even a bit of dance!’