Next week will see the launch of a ground-breaking short film highlighting the need for foster carers who can help keep brothers and sisters in care together.
Walsall Council is one of twelve local authorities that have spent a year working with the film production company Reel Twenty Five to produce ‘Giants’ a three minute film telling the story of Jack and Ellie a brother and sister who want to stay together when they find themselves in foster care.
David Haley, Executive Director for Children’s Services at Walsall Council said: “The welfare, happiness and good for our looked after children has always been one of the Council’s top priorities. We know how important it is to keep siblings together and we are always looking for more foster carers who can foster all children in the family group. I’m really looking forward to seeing the ‘Giants’ film and hope it will make a real difference so that brothers and sisters can grow up as they should be - together.”
‘Giants’ will be simultaneously made available to view by each of the partners across the Midlands after the official launch at the Everyman Cinema in Birmingham on Wednesday 3 May.
Special guests including; James Foyle from the Fostering Network, Martin Reeves, West Midlands Combined Authority Chief Executive as well as the cast, crew and foster carers from each authority, will see the film for the first time.
The theme of the film was devised to blend the concept of ‘Giants’ as people who help children in society such as foster carers. The production also highlights the strong bond and relationships that brothers and sisters have as they ‘look up’ and care for each other in life and become ‘giants’ to each other.
The councils who worked together to produce ‘Giants’ include; Walsall, Coventry, Birmingham, Solihull, Telford and Wrekin, Wolverhampton, Leicester City, Leicestershire, Sandwell, Worcestershire, Stoke, Derby and Staffordshire.