Bristol urgently needs emergency foster carers

Apr 8, 2020 | MAIN FEED


Mother with foster daughter


Bristol City Council is urgently appealing for more people to become emergency foster carers during the coronavirus (COVID19) crisis. The council says more foster carers are needed to support children in Bristol as illness and self-isolation have led to a shortfall of carers in the city.


If you can offer a safe environment then foster caring is a great way to help less fortunate children and the council promises that applicants will be financially compensated and fast-tracked with the possibility of becoming an emergency foster carer within three weeks, subject to safeguarding checks.


Councillor Helen Godwin, Cabinet Member for Women, Children and Young People, said: “We need more foster carers than ever as the coronavirus begins to take its toll and causes more carers to become ill or enter self-isolation. We are calling on people who want to help during the pandemic to come forward so the most vulnerable children in Bristol are properly cared for during this difficult time.


“The council will provide full training and a package of support for those who can open their homes during this time of need. We are grateful to those already active in the care system and hope that more come forward in the coming weeks so that we can continue to offer the care and support these children need.”


Every council sets their own rates for foster carers but if you’re a first time foster carer you can expect to be compensated by approximately £575 a month upwards. To find out more or make an application call the team on 0117 3534200 or visit


Meanwhile, if the current crisis has left you financially unstable all the supermarkets are hiring and the rates of pay are: Aldi £9.48 an hour, Asda (varies on role), Iceland £9.10, Lidl £9.30, M&S £10.60, Tesco £9.30, Sainsbury’s £9, Waitrose £9.35. You can also try Amazon £9.50 an hour, Deliveroo £10, Just Eat £9, Ocado £8.43 or UberEats £11.14 per hour.


I’ve also heard that British farmers are urgently appealing for Brits to work on farms as travel restrictions and tighter border controls have had a huge impact on the number of seasonal workers able to travel to the UK. Recruitment specialist Hops Labour Solutions has launched a new scheme with the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, encouraging people to apply for jobs on farms.


Alternatively, if you’re self-motivated and looking for a self-employed role that you can fit in around other commitments then send an email to with your best contact telephone number. This is a fabulous opportunity for a FTSE 250 company which can be done from home with full training and support provided.


Have you heard of any other places that are looking to hire extra staff at the moment? Please share any vacancies by leaving a comment – Broke in Bristol – & beyond is on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.





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