Team Fostering carer involved in Northumberland Pride

06 March 2019

 

At Team Fostering, we are proud to recruit and work with LGBT+ foster carers and staff.

This week is LGBT+ Fostering and Adoption Week 2019 across the UK, and we're celebrating all of our LGBT+ foster carers.

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.

 

As part of last year's campaign, we spoke to one of our foster carers who is on the committee of Northumberland Pride, which took place for the first time in 2018. 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.

We spoke to her 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 was last year's event?

It took place on Saturday 2nd June 2018 in Alnwick! The theme was 'Communities and Allies'. It was a lot of fun! It was a fantastic opportunity for us all to be part of a movement for equality and acceptance.

 

 

Read more about LGBT+ Fostering and Adoption Week 2019.