This Foster Care Fortnight (15-28 May), Calderdale Council is hosting events to celebrate the huge difference that fostering makes to children and young people across Calderdale.

Foster Care Fortnight, the UK’s largest foster care awareness campaign, organised by The Fostering Network, is underway.

The campaign’s theme this year, #FosteringCommunities, focuses on highlighting the benefits of foster caring and acknowledging the valuable contribution of foster carers to local communities.

As part of the efforts to spread awareness and encourage community engagement, two special Parkrun events will take place.

On Saturday 20 May, the fostering team and foster carers will be present at Centre Vale Park in Todmorden, followed by a visit to Shroggs Park in Halifax on Saturday 27 May.

These events are open to everyone, allowing participants to run, walk, or simply gather information about fostering with the Council.

In addition to recruiting new foster carers, Calderdale Council will also honour their existing foster carers, who play an extraordinary role in the fostering community, with a celebratory event on Wednesday 24 May.

This occasion serves as an opportunity to acknowledge their incredible efforts and express gratitude for the positive impact they have on the lives of children and young people in the borough.

Fostering with Calderdale Council offers numerous benefits and comprehensive support at every stage. These include generous financial allowances, extensive training and development opportunities, personalised assistance, local support groups, and a close-knit community of foster carers.

Additional incentives consist of a discounts package with local businesses, free gym and swim memberships for the entire foster household, and a newly introduced Council Tax exemption for Calderdale foster carers residing in the borough.

This exemption acknowledges their kindness and the extra challenges posed by the rising cost of living.

Cllr Adam Wilkinson, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, expressed his gratitude to the borough’s exceptional team of foster carers, emphasising their remarkable contributions. He also encouraged individuals to attend the events and learn more about the fostering process and the extensive support available, emphasising the profound impact that fostering can have on a young person’s life.

To learn more about fostering for Calderdale Council, please visit The website provides comprehensive information about the support services and benefits of fostering, as well as details about the process and commitment involved. For further inquiries, contact 01422 266020 or email Additional information can be found on Facebook at