Suffolk Fostering and Adoption Service Swoops Into The Big Hoot

Suffolk Fostering and Adoption Service has been announced as a proud sponsor for Suffolk’s biggest ever mass participation public art event – ‘The Big Hoot’.

The Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 is the third art trail brought to Ipswich by St Elizabeth Hospice in partnership with creative producers Wild in Art, following the success of Pigs Gone Wild 2016 and Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk 2019. 

As part of the Big Hoot 2022, 50 ornately decorated owl sculptures, featuring designs celebrating all things Suffolk, will be scattered throughout Ipswich showcasing the wealth of artistic talent of the county and beyond, as part of the biggest free art event in Suffolk which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the town.

Suffolk Fostering and Adoption’s owl, named ‘Big Hoot-Little Hoot’ will represent the care that foster carers and adopters provide to children in the local community. The owl which features a baby owl nestling safely under the wings of its parent, will be painted by artist, Sandra Reynolds and perfectly depicts the loving and nurturing nature of foster carers and adoptive parents caring for Suffolk children.  

In addition to The Big Hoot, Suffolk Fostering and Adoption Service will take part in the Little Hoot. The Little Hoot is predominantly aimed at schools who design their owl and fundraise for St Elizabeth’s hospice. However, as a focus on Suffolk’s children in care and adopted children, Suffolk Fostering and Adoption Service has been gifted an Owl by local business Highway Assurance.

Children in care will be able to take part in a drawing competition to design the owl and the winning design will be chosen by The High Sheriff of Suffolk, Edward Creasy, and Highway Assurance Managing Director, Robert Watton. The owl will then be painted by a local artist to reflect the winning design before being proudly displayed at the Suffolk show along with 59 other Little Hoots, ahead of joining the trail in Ipswich over the summer, launching on 19 June.

Suffolk County Councillor James Reeder cabinet member for Children’s Services said: “I’m delighted that Suffolk Fostering and Adoption are participating in The Big Hoot to raise awareness of the fantastic work our foster carers and adopters provide for Suffolk children in the local community. We also hope that through a range of competitions and fun activities surrounding the event it will help us with our urgent need to attract more foster carers and adopters in Suffolk.”

“The loving nature of the big owl caring for the little owl beautifully depicts what being a foster carer and adoptive parent is like. With love, care and support from foster carers and adoptive parents, children and young people can truly flourish and reach their full potential before flying the nest.”

Liz Baldwin, corporate sponsorship and fundraising manager at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “We’re delighted Suffolk Fostering and Adoption will once again be supporting the hospice and taking part in our upcoming Big Hoot art trail.

“Suffolk Fostering and Adoption share key values with the hospice and provide vital care to children within the local community. Their participation in the event will help to raise awareness of the vital services they provide and hopefully inspire people to find out more about becoming a foster carer or adopter.”

Suffolk’s children and young people’s service currently have over 850 children in care and with more children coming into care in Suffolk every year, the need for foster carers and adoptive parents to come forward has never been greater. 

These children need someone who can understand what they have been through, look at the world through their eyes and provide warmth, consistency and emotional support. 

To find out more about fostering or adopting in Suffolk, visit: www.suffolk.gov.uk/fosteringandadoption or call 01473 264800.

To find out more about The Big Hoot visit, https://thebighoot.co.uk/

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