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Mardi Gras Fair

Meet our Burdekin Foster Carers

We will have a stall at the Mardi Gras Fair this year and we are looking forward to connecting with as many of you as possible! This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a large community event. Our Carer team will be present to explain what it’s like to be a Burdekin Foster Carer.

Whether you are single, married, a home owner, renting, need us to provide a home, have a full time job, are part of the LGBTQ+ community, have a disability, are from an ethnic minority group – Carers come in all shapes and forms. We want to talk to you about what it means to be a Burdekin Foster Carer. Please take time to come by and say hi to us and learn more about our work.

The Mardi Gras Fair will be held at Victoria Park on Sunday 20th February in Broadway. There promises to be food, markets, comedy, dance and live music for all ages. We hope to see you there!

For more details about the Mardi Gras Fair please visit: ww.mardigras.org.au/events/fair-day

For details about our upcoming Burdekin Foster Carer information session please visit: Carer Information Session

And for more information about being a Carer with us or to speak to our team please contact:

Phone: 02 8976 1777
Emailcarer@burdekin.org.au

Sarah Inner West | Michelle Northern Beaches

Local Matters Jar at Grill’d Balgowlah

Local Matters at Grill'd

For the month of February there will be our own local matters jar at Grill’d Balgowlah. If you happen to love a good burger head to Grill’d Balgowlah or order online and vote for Burdekin. If you love our work and want to help, this is an easy way for you to support us and it won’t cost you anything extra!

We have a chance to win the top donation prize of $300 or second or third place of $100 each. Grab some mates and head down for a burger and support your local charity! All you have to do is add a community token to our jar.

Local Matters Jar at Grill'd Balgowlah
Local Matters at Grill’d Balgowlah

Burdekin Christmas Party 2021

Burdekin Northern Beaches and Inner West

The work that our staff do can be pretty serious at times and this year our employees have really pushed themselves. Our staff Christmas party is an important opportunity to recognise the hard work that our team have put in and to thank them. It is also an important opportunity to have some well deserved fun and to get to know each other better away from the pressures of work.

Here are a few snippets from the event, you might recognise some smiley faces.

Meet our Burdekin Foster Carer Team

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Monthly information sessions and local pop up events

Each month, our team hold information sessions about being a Burdekin Foster Carer. At the session we will take interested potential carers through all the information and answer questions. Please register your interest or share this post with somebody who might be keen. Here are our monthly dates.

In addition to monthly sessions we are popping up at local events – you might have seen us recently at the Marrickville Justice Fair and the Marrickville Organic Markets – thanks to those of you who dropped by and said hi. We will keep you posted about future events as it is a great opportunity to find out some information, pick up a flyer and chat to a real person about what is involved in being a Foster Carer.

Have you ever considered becoming a foster carer?

You may have considered fostering a child in the past and have been hesitant for many reasons. Common reasons that hold people back might be:

  • Concerns about disruptions to your life/ your children’s life
  • Concerns about it being too challenging
  • Concerns about not having the right skills or personality
  • You might be worried about the behavioural challenges of a child who has suffered trauma
  • You might be concerned about relations with the biological family
  • You might be worried about becoming too attached/not attached
  • You might worried that you won’t be able to stick it out or will want to quit

Our team knows this – they know how you feel, they have been there too.

Considerations

  • Talking about becoming a foster carer doesn’t mean that you have to go through with it
  • Attending information sessions doesn’t mean that you have to go through with it
  • You can start off slow – with emergency or respite care
  • Becoming a Burdekin Foster Carer is different to other types of foster care because you have a whole team of support behind you to work with you and the child or young person

Our team are ready to support you through your initial inquiries with no expectations.

Contact us

For more information about becoming a Carer please contact our Carer Support Coordinators:

Phone: 02 8976 1777
Emailcarer@burdekin.org.au

Sarah Inner West | Michelle Northern Beaches

You might like to check out our information pages: Become a Burdekin Foster Carer and Burdekin Foster Carer FAQs.

Youth Development Fund Launch at our AGM

Can you support our Youth Development Fund to raise $60,000

Yesterday we held our Annual General Meeting, thank you to everyone who joined us live, we appreciate you making the time to find out what we have been up to and where we are headed. It was an AGM with a difference and if you missed it, there is a recording which we will share with you shortly via social media.

At the AGM, our Patron, Prof. Brian Burdekin AO launched our Youth Development Fund. with a pledge to match all donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000. This means your donation is doubled, if you give $100 we receive $200, helping more young people reach their FULL potential.

Watch the launch here:

For more information on our Youth Development fund, please visit our Christmas appeal page.

You can also download our 2021 annual report here and view our client survey, which offers a snapshot of how our young people are doing in our care.