Fostering in Chorley

The District of Chorley, named after its most populated town Chorley.  The name Chorley comes from two Anglo-Saxon words, Ceorl and ley, probably meaning “the peasants‘ clearing”. Ley (also leah or leigh) is a common element of place-name, meaning a clearing in a woodland. 

It was during the Industrial Revolution that Chorley, like most Lancashire towns gained its wealth, with mining played major role in this. Chorley was a vital cotton town with many mills littering the skyline, but most of these mills were demolished between the 1950s and 2000s.  The last mill to stop producing textiles was Lawrence’s in 2009.  The town also had a large manufacturing industry during the second world war, beinghome to the Royal Ordnance Factory a large munitions manufacture,especially with the production of tanks. At its wartime peak more than 28,000 people were employed around the Chorley Area.

There are also a few places worth a visit such as Astley park and Astley Hall, Houghton Tower and the beautiful Yarrow Valley Country Park is also situated here, with fun family activities on offer such as Rivington GO APE.

The Fostering Network estimate that over 8,000 new foster families are needed in the next 12 months alone to care for a range of children, with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups and disabled children.

To become a foster carer, please contact our office on 01204 201203 or send an email to and a member of our team can answer any questions you may have.  

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