TRAFFORD Council is aiming to ensuring it continues to have enough foster carers to support all children and young people in need of help.

It is hosting an open evening for people wanting to find out more about its Me2 scheme. This is being held at Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford, next Wednesday, 26 March, from 6pm to 8pm.

Executive councillor Linda Blackburn said that while not for everyone, specialist Me2 fostering is crucial for those children needing more focused support.

"Me2 foster carers are from many different backgrounds, with many initially considering this type of fostering as they wanted a career change or a different challenge. What unites them all is the commitment to support and care for young people aged between 9 and 17, who are facing very specific issues and difficulties.

"The difference these specialist foster carers make is evident in the way these vulnerable children and young people thrive and develop, but there is always a need for us to secure more people to offer this support. I would encourage anyone who thinks they may be able to rise to the challenge and become a Me2 foster carer to come along and find out more."

Me2 foster carers receive a professional fee and allowances, specialised training and support to ensure they are able to provide the care needed. This type of fostering is suitable for people who do not have any children under 18 living with them. Anyone who feels they want to find out more is being urged to come along to the information evening and have a chat with the friendly team of professionals and current Me2 foster carers who will be there.

People who want to find out more can log on to or call 0161 912 3558.