Free cycle hire for familes that foster children for Derbyshire

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Families fostering for Derbyshire County Council are to receive free bike hire at the council’s cycle hire centre.

The free hire is for one day and is available to foster parents and their families and the children they are fostering at Middleton Top, near Matlock.

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Kevin Gillott, said: “Our foster carers do a wonderful job for the children they care for and we are always looking for ways to thank them.”

Deputy Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, Councillor Andy Botham said: “Middleton Top is a fantastic place to enjoy the wonderful Derbyshire countryside and our foster families will be able to enjoy miles of traffic-free trails.”

Middleton Top, on the High Peak Trail, has a variety of bikes to suit riders of most ages including tandems and towing buggies. The High Peak Trail is a 17.5 mile trail from High Peak Junction, near Cromford to Dowlow near Buxton.

10 reasons to foster for Derbyshire County Council, days the authority:

* Full training before becoming a foster carer. This includes a three-day ‘Skills to Foster’ course

* On-going training and equipment to help you look after your foster child. This includes a grant towards IT equipment and internet access.

* Weekly fees and annual allowances towards festivities, holidays and birthdays - amounts vary dependent on age of child

* Annual bonus of up to £1,000 dependent on length of fostering service

* Training courses including first aid, understanding and forming child attachments, computer courses and more

* Your own social worker to work alongside you to provide support

* Free access to leisure and swimming facilities for your family and foster child

* A fostering mentor support scheme. Experienced foster carers are on hand to offer help and advice in your first six months of fostering and beyond.

* Recognition through a long-service scheme.

* Opportunities to socialise with other foster carers at special events such as the Big Book Bash – a literature festival and awards ceremony for children in care and the families they live with.

For more information about fostering call Derbyshire on 0800 083 7744 or 01629 533071 or visit