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 email@example.com