A SOCIAL enterprise is calling for people across the Dudley borough with care experience to consider applying to provide respite for foster carers.

According to Five Rivers Child Care, there are currently 535 children in foster care in the borough and many of their foster carers could benefit from respite from experienced care givers.

Respite carers take in a foster child for a limited time period a respite carer might look after a child for an overnight stay, a weekend, or even just after school if the foster carer is unable to get home in time.

Martin Leitch, head of fostering operations for Five Rivers Child Care, said: “Respite carers are an integral part of the fostering industry and ensure full-time foster carers can retain flexibility in their personal lives. Like everyone else, foster carers often find January a busy time so it can be a time when we require more respite carers than usual.

“This type of a care is a perfect employment opportunity for those with the relevant care giving skills and would be great for someone in an existing part-time care role looking for a flexible work opportunity. The roles also offer regular training with industry experts and the opportunity to work alongside social workers and other healthcare professionals.”

Anybody aged 21 or over can become a respite carer, the only requirement is a spare room for each foster child.