Schemes for foster carers
We are delighted to be able to offer all approved foster carers the Max Card scheme.
The Max Card is a concessionary card which allows foster families to visit 585 attractions nationwide at a free or discounted rate. Partners include Tenpin Bowling, Go Ape, Skiplex, Namco Funscape and many, many more. Some attractions are located in Oxfordshire but you can also access many more nationwide.
Please visit, where you can see a full break down of available attractions in Oxfordshire and across the country.
The Maxcard is our way of ensuring that foster families get lots of opportunities to enjoy days out at a more affordable cost.
All approved carers receive the card as soon as they are approved and can take advantage of what is on offer.
As an approved foster carer you are entitled to access Kaarp employee benefits.
The scheme features discounts and deals on national attractions, entertainment, days out, theme parks, holidays, insurance and many national retailers. This service is free to local government staff and you are able to take advantage of any of the offers available including:
- entertainment - discounted theme park entry and days out
- finance - special deals on wills, insurance and personal finance
- health - money off gym membership and fitness centers, pamper treats and golf courses
- motoring - reduced breakdown cover and money off driving lessons
- shopping - shopping and leisure vouchers, flowers, mobile phones and much more
- travel - fantastic deals on holidays, hotels, UK breaks, travel insurance and airport parking.
To view all the offers available visit the Kaarp website. If you do not know your username and password - just ask your social worker.
Children in care are eligible for a card which exempts them from any charges for lost or damaged items and from late book fines. They can borrow audio books with no hire charges and also reserve items for free. To get a card take a letter from your social worker to the library.
Registered foster carers
If you are a registered foster carer you can have a special library card, in addition to any individual card that you already have. Just bring your social worker letter with you to the library to join.
- You can borrow up to 20 books as well as other resources.
- There are no hire charges to borrow audio books.
- There are no fines for late book returns.
- There are no charges for requesting books.
Find out about your local library.
Football clubs - free family tickets
We have access to football tickets at major football clubs, currently Oxford United , it's a great opportunity for the whole family to have an exciting day out and support your local football club.
We are able to give one 'two adults plus two children' ticket per home game to a foster family. Ask your supervising social worker for more details. Or contact Nigel at firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets, he will be able to let you now availability and also other opportunities: stadium tours, birthday call outs.
For details about match fixtures go to www.oufc.co.uk
Foster carers are eligible to receive up to 60 per cent off most activities at local leisure centres. The following Oxfordshire leisure centres offer discounts to foster families.
Oxford City Council
South Oxfordshire District Council
West Oxfordshire District Council
Oxfordshire Outdoor - Hill End Centre
There are a number of opportunities that are delivered for foster children at the Hill End Centre. Current programme offered is Bushcraft an opportunity for children and adults to experience outdoor activities with an emphasis on learning by doing, nature awareness, self-reliance and creativity. The programme is appropriate for children and young adults from 7-18 and family groups. For more information about this and other opportunities go to the Hill end website.
The Parasol Project
The Parasol Project is an Oxford based charity committed to redressing the balance for disabled and disadvantaged children and young people experiencing, or at risk of, social exclusion. Visit parasolproject.org for more.
Summer activities are available for foster children. For information regarding these opportunities speak to your supervising social worker.
To receive your discount
You need to have a letter from Oxfordshire County Council as evidence of you being a foster carer. Take this to your local centre where you will need to complete a few forms. Ask your supervising social worker for a letter or you can take along your wage slip or use your ID badge.
All approved foster carers with Oxfordshire County Council get their membership fees to Fostering paid for them by us.
The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading charity for everyone involved in foster care. The member's helpline brings together nearly 40 years of expertise, information and guidance on all issues affecting foster carers and fostering services, including: foster carer finances, delegated authority, safer caring, standards and legislation.
There are many benefits from your automatic membership with the fostering network:
Access to expert advice when you need it
- 24-hour dedicated helplines
- Expert legal assistance
- Legal expenses cover
- Advice on tax, national insurance and benefit
- Mediation Service
Dedicated member helpline
The helpline is staffed by a team of experts from our practice support team, who work with hundreds of fostering services across England, and our advice and mediation workers, who work with foster carers on a daily basis.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the member helpline if you have a query about anything to do with fostering.
Find exclusive, members-only resources and information at www.fostering.net.
The latest information and support when you need it
- Email newsletters
- Online resources
Connections to the whole fostering community
- Online community
- Regular free events
The influence you need on the issues that matter
- The voice of foster carers
Special rates our publications, training and events
Endsleigh: 40 per cent off the fee for a completed . As well as providing expert financial advice, Endsleigh can also help you find a suitable mortgage for a discounted fee.
Towergate Insurance: 10 per cent off home insurance for foster . Members get an exclusive discount on Towergate's comprehensive household insurance for foster carers.
Days out: Up to 52 per cent off days out for the . Members and their families can enjoy savings on tickets for a host of attractions across the UK, including Alton Towers, Madame Tussauds, Blackpool Tower, Warwick Castle and Sea Life centres.
10 per cent off holidays: Our partnership with Hoseasons Lodges & Parks and cottages4you provides members with 10 per cent off holidays across the UK and Europe.
Full details at
Insurance for foster carers
As an approved foster carer it is your responsibility to tell both your home and car insurance providers. Through your membership with Fostering Network you will receive insurance that helps you with certain legal situations should they arise. Some companies that provide house insurance packages specially designed for foster carers e.g.