A special event will be held in North Ayrshire next month for people who are interested in becoming a foster carer.

Foster Care Fortnight runs from May 15 to 28 and, in support of the drive to attract new carers, North Ayrshire Council is hosting an information event in Irvine’s Volunteer Rooms from 10am to 3pm on Monday, June 5.

The council’s Families for Children team will host the relaxed drop-in session to provide information on fostering and adoption opportunities to people who would like to know more, and some of our foster carers will be there on the day to share their own experiences.

There are flexible options to foster care with different arrangements possible, these can include providing short breaks, interim fostering and longer-term support for young people.

In addition, the team is keen to hear from those who feel they could offer a home to children who have disabilities and those who could take a small family group, so that siblings can remain together.

Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent should email the team at adfos-enquiry@northayrshire.gov.uk or call 01294 310300 (Option 4, then Option 1).

Alternatively, they can come along to the Volunteer Rooms at 19 High Street Irvine on Monday, June 5 between 10am and 3pm. The team will be able to answer any questions.

There is no need to book and attendees can bring a friend along to enjoy a cup of tea.

Councillor Margaret Johnson, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “Fostering a child and inviting them into your life can be very, very rewarding.

“I would encourage people who are interested in helping to change a young person’s life to go along to the Volunteer Rooms, ask some questions and speak to people who have already been through the process themselves.”