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Harry Potter star backs city’s foster carers drive

31 January 2017

Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes is urging people in Liverpool to become foster carers with the city council.

The 75 year old – whose mother was from Liverpool – has recorded a video message encouraging people to considering registering to become a carer.

The character actress and voice star – who played Professor Sprout in Harry Potter – said: “Not many people know, but my mother was born in Liverpool. She taught me that Liverpool people look after their own, so with that in mind, I’m asking you to help our children and please register as a foster carer with Liverpool City Council.”

WATCH: Miriam Margolyes urging people to register to become Liverpool City Council foster carers

Cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Barry Kushner, said: “I am delighted that Miriam Margolyes is backing our ongoing campaign to recruit more foster carers. We need more special people who can provide a loving home for some of our most vulnerable children, so that in Liverpool can look after our own.”

In addition to an allowance, people who foster for the city council do not have to pay council tax, meaning a saving of at least £1,100 per year.

There is also excellent support from social workers, buddying support from other council foster carers, a comprehensive training programme and activity days and celebration events.

Councillor Kushner added: “Taking in someone else’s child is life changing, both for the foster carer and the young person, so it is absolutely right and proper that we do everything we can to support them.”

Foster carers need to be aged over 21, but there is no upper age limit. They can be single, married or co-habiting, straight or gay.