OLDHAM Council is using the festive period to highlight the desperate need for more foster carers in the borough.
They are keen to hear from anyone who is able to offer a home to an Oldham child or young person, especially those who are able to look after older children, including teenagers.
Councillor Jenny Harrison, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Safeguarding, said: “For many people Christmas is all about spending time with their family.
“Sadly though, there are a number of children who, for many reasons, are unable to live at home.
“Foster families make such a difference to these children and young people.
“As well as your other good deeds this Christmas, please consider fostering a child or young person.”
You can apply to foster regardless of marital status, sexuality, race or religion, or whether you are in work or have a disability.
The only criteria are that potential carers are over 21, enjoy working with children and have room in your home.
Carers receive a tailored support package, plus payments and allowances up to £29,000 per year.
Call 0161 770 6600 or go online: www.oldham.gov.uk/fostering to find out more.