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Foster Care Comes to Town

22nd September 2022

Foster carer Mary McGrane with staff from HSC NI Foster Care in Southern area, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Mayor, Councillor Paul Greenfield and shop owners in Banbridge who are helping to promote the need for more foster carers within the surrounding area


Banbridge town has undergone a colourful makeover to promote the need for more foster carers within the surrounding area.

The ‘Foster Care Comes to Town’ campaign aims to engage local businesses and residents through art and advertisements to both celebrate foster care and raise awareness for more carers, as Banbridge has the lowest population of foster care families in the Southern area.

Melanie Coffey, Senior Manager for Fostering & Adoption in HSC NI Foster Care’s Southern area, said that they are hoping that those living in the surrounding area will consider opening their heart and home and foster for their local community.

“Right now, there are children and young people in the area who need a safe place to live. A local foster home will ensure they can maintain connections with their friends, family, sports, school and community.

“We are grateful to the many local businesses, residents and artists (Arlene Marks and Michelle Wilson) who have agreed to support the campaign so far. People should be on the lookout for increased banners, posters and a presence in the local area and the shop fronts have been splashed with window art and the town hall lit up in yellow to support the campaign.

“Knitters and crocheters in the area have been invited to contribute to a fun piece of street art to support HSC NI Foster Care and it is hoped that the Banbridge Yarn Bomb will brighten the town with colourful displays of knitted and crocheted yarn (with thanks to Seapatrick Knitting Group and local foster carers) that represents foster care in a creative way. Local schools are also taking part in a competition.


“Another thing we regularly hear is that people’s family circumstances make them think they aren’t eligible to become foster carers. But with different types of fostering available, it is highly likely you will find something which suits.”

Information Event

Come along to our information event to find out more:

Date: Monday 3 October 2022
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00m
Venue: J29 Project, 26a Downshire Place, Banbridge

You will have the opportunity to meet the teams behind Foster Care, Short Breaks for children with disabilities and Supported Lodgings/ STAY for young people aged 16-21 years, and explore what might be the best fit for your family or household. There is no need to register and everyone is welcome to attend.

If you are interested in hearing more about becoming a foster carer, call us on 0800 0720 137 or enquire online