Parents left with an empty nest after their children head back to university are being urged to consider fostering.

Helen Costa is chief executive of the Cornerstone Partnership in Braywick Road, Maidenhead which works with the Royal Borough's family placement team.

There is a national shortage of foster parents, while at the same time may couples have sent their youngsters back to university or seen older children reach the sixth form.

Mrs Costa said: “For many, the start of term is similar to the New Year when resolutions are made and people look at ways of making a change in their life. We are calling on those who have the space in their home and want to support local children to consider fostering."

Foster carers have been out and about talking to people at fetes and festivals over the summer. They have also been putting up posters.

There is no age limit for fostering although you must be over 21, have a spare room in your house and live in this country.

A Fostering Information Evening will be held at the Town Hall in St Ives Road, Maidenhead, on Tuesday, September 19th from 6.30 until 8pm.

To book a place call Rebecca Curley at The Cornerstone Partnership on 01628 636376 or email fostering@thecornerstonepartnership.com