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FOSTERING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2015

 

The Foster Care Achievement Awards took place at the University of Bedfordshire earlier this month. The ceremony provides an occasion to give recognition to those who rightly deserve it, for their services to fostering. Approximately 34 fostering households were in attendance.

 

Five foster carers received an award for five years’ service and one carer for 10 years’ service caring for looked after children.

 

This is the second year that these awards have taken place. Also in attendance were the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, Chief Executive Officer of Bedford Borough Council, Philip Simpkins, Director of Children’s Services at Bedford Borough Council, Kevin Crompton, Cllr Shan Hunt, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, and Cllr Jane Walker, who sits on the Corporate Parenting Panel and is Chair of the Children's Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Cllr Shan Hunt said: “It was humbling to see so many people, who all make such a difference to children’s lives, all in one room. It was also fantastic to have the opportunity to outline the good work these individuals have carried out over the years. We were able to go into detail, highlighting exactly what individuals do to support young people in order for them to bloom. To create new projects and initiatives which help other children and young people in Bedford Borough and to plan events like the Achievement Awards, celebrating the successes of our looked after children, is hugely rewarding.”

 

There were three special awards for Fantastic Foster Carer, Corporate Parent and Kids Who Share Award. There was also an acknowledgement given to Brian and Maureen Roberts, Hayley Sharman and Victoria Lewis for their role in working alongside the fostering team to develop best practice for the fostering service and for their continued support to foster carers in Bedford Borough through Bedfordshire Foster Carers Association, which all four individuals play an active role in.

Cllr Shan Hunt continued: “It was a very successful evening and we continue to receive positive feedback about the event from our carers. We would like to remind people that anyone wanting to foster will be supported every step of the way by Bedford Borough Council.”

 

You don’t have to live in Bedford to foster a child from the Borough. We are looking for foster carers for children from a variety of different backgrounds, and would welcome enquiries from foster carers from of all ethnicities, cultures and religions to meet the needs of our children.

 

Those seeking more information on fostering can contact Bedford Borough Council’s Fostering Team on 01234 718718 or email adoptionandfostering@bedford.gov.uk

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