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Nick and Sarah, adoptive parents in Falmouth

Pebble power at the Royal Cornwall Show

What a fabulous Royal Cornwall Show! It did its usual thing; sun – rain – sun..and then some more rain, but as usual the doughty Cornish folk proved their mettle and braved the elements to make it a huge success again, whatever the weather.

The Fostering and Adoption team were there in full force at the Cornwall Council stand to meet the general public, armed with our brand new 500 shoes video and around double that number of sustainably sourced Cornish pebbles, kindly donated by Contec Landscaping.

Thanks to the marketing team also for locating some brilliant chalk marker pens that not only coloured the pebbles perfectly, but also meant we weren’t knee deep in paint by the end of day 1 .

It was great to see so many people interested in finding out more about fostering and adoption and lovely to see the interest that our pebbles were generating amongst the younger audience!

Having said that, the older children were definitely distracted by the virtual reality demo going on next door on the council’s Ambitions display area, as were some of our own team!!

All in all, a really successful three days for the team, featuring interviews on Pirate FM and the live Cornwall Channel feed from the show on social media about our new cross county support network. Look out for more news on this in the coming weeks, but our new East and West social worker teams, coupled with our new Central support hub offering 24/7 support for carers and young people in care across Cornwall, is going to make a huge difference to all of our wonderful foster carers.

So, positive feedback all round and plenty of discussion about fostering and adoption, but what wasn’t expected was political debate amongst the pebbles!

Looking forward to meeting lots more prospective carers and adopters when we hit the road again soon at a summer event near you. We’re already booked for RNLI Day down at Porthleven and we’ll be at plenty of other family days in the sunshine (we hope!). Watch this space for more news and if you made it to the show, we hope you had a great time!

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