FOSTER carers are still desperately needed during the covid-19 crisis.

The virus outbreak has affected almost every aspect of daily life and whilst most of the population are in lockdown or self-isolation, there are still thousands of vulnerable young people coming into care, in need of a safe and nurturing home.

Lots of people are lucky enough to have family and friends to help them in these difficult times, but there are many young people in Gloucestershire who don't have a support system at all.

The fear and uncertainty these young people normally feel is maximised in such grave situations.

Having the emotional support of an adult to help them overcome these problems is vital for their development.

Local fostering agency in Gloucester Nexus Fostering is looking to recruit more foster carers, even amid the coronavirus outbreak.

A spokesman for the agency said: "With the young people’s interest at heart, the agency is continuing their dedicated work to look for appropriate foster carers.

"Whilst the physical offices are temporarily closed following government guidance, we reassure all potential foster carers that measures are in place to ensure that all phone calls, email and enquiries are answered and responded to.

"By fostering a young person, you will be able to work from home, with ongoing training and 24/7 support provided.

"And with your help, these vulnerable young people will be protected from exploitation and away from unsafe and dangerous environments.

"Nexus Fostering is prepared for every eventuality and is continuing to provide top-level training and support to existing and potential foster carers."

Those who are interested in fostering can contact the team at, on 01452 245 424 or send an email at aim to reply to all requests within a day.