I recently attended as an observer the City of Cardiff Fostering Services first male carers support group.
This is a support group that has been set up especially for male foster carers.
The group will be run by male foster carers and was initiated because it was felt the majority of male foster carers either work full time or are full time foster carers and often miss out on valuable support on the issues that are important specifically to them as males.
This first group was very well attended by both foster carers and supported lodgings carers and a lively discussion was held on how the caring role is viewed and how it impacts on men who provide the care.
It was agreed that the group was a great idea and should be held every 3 months in the future so male foster carers and supported lodgings carers can meet others in the same position and share their experiences and ideas. It was agreed this would initially be a purely social event where male carers could relax and meet up to not only talk about issues related to their role but also have an opportunity to talk with other male carers in general.
Two of Cardiff’s foster carers Martyn Ingram and Stephen Farmer kindly led this first group and have agreed to coordinate further groups throughout the year, I would urge any male foster carers and supported lodgings carers to go along to the next group and see how it goes.