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WAYPOINT Drop-in: Mainstream and short break foster carers

The Armadillo Youth Venue, Station Road
Event Tutors
Dan Charnock
Admin Contact
Fostering Business Support (
Target Audience
Foster Carers / Short Break Carers
target audience
Event Types
Support Group
Course categories
Adopters and Foster Carers
Adopters and Foster Carers subcategories
Professional Development
Event description
The WAYPOINT (Working Alongside Young People & Others In Networks Therapeutically) Team is part of the Fostering Service. WAYPOINT provide therapeutically informed support to children, families, foster carers, and professional networks. This support is additional to the support provided by your supervising social worker and children’s social workers.

The monthly WAYPOINT Drop-in sessions are facilitated by Dan Charnock, WAYPOINT Senior Social Worker and are open to all mainstream foster carers. The aim of the WAYPOINT Drop in is to provide a reflective and open space for foster carers to come along and discuss issues or concerns you may be facing. While each session includes a space to reflect on challenges, there is also a significant focus on sharing strategies and thinking about therapeutic approaches to difficult situations and celebrating successes.

You don’t have to be going through a difficult time to attend – peer support, learning and reflection is always valuable, and there is no pressure for anyone to share within the sessions. Topics for each session tend to arise on the day, ensuring the focus is relevant to the content brought to the drop in. However, there is also the option to agree a topic for a future session to enable a more in-depth focus. Discussion often includes topics such as attachment, trauma, and use of therapeutic approaches such as PACE and NVR, and ideas come not only from Dan but from within the group.

Learning outcomes
Each drop in is held 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., however venues are alternated across the South Glos region, and days of the week vary, to enable as many foster carers as possible to be able to access these sessions. There is no requirement to attend these sessions or to book onto them in advance, however we advertise them on the booking system to enable foster carers to access date, time and venue information as easily as possible, and to enable those who wish to log their attendance to book on in advance. Some people may choose to attend every session, others may only wish to attend when they have an issue they wish to bring – all are welcome, including newly approved foster carers keen to learn more from their peers and Dan about the challenges and rewards of being a foster carer. If you cannot make the whole session you are still very welcome to drop in.
Start Date
Monday 15 July 2024
End Date
Monday 15 July 2024
Closing Date
Sunday 14 July 2024
09:30 - 11:30
Maximum Places
Number of Sessions
Certificate expiry
Pass/Fail event