The incredible hard work and dedication of local foster carers has been recognised at a special awards event this month.
Over 70 foster carers attended the awards ceremony, held on Friday 9 June, having collectively given over 205 years to help improve the lives of children and young people in Somerset.
Jane and Roy Bollen from Combwich are foster carers who received their award for 15 years’ service during the event. They said: “Our greatest thrill is seeing the children that stay with us thrive, and to be able to see them aspire to achieve, however large or small their achievements actually are.”
Kelvin Troake from Wellington also received an award for 15 years foster care service. He said: “I must be M.A.D – that is Motivated And Dedicated!!!! Seriously, it is such a privilege to see the young people grow in my care and move onto stable adult lives.”
And Tina and Richard Lewis from Yeovil said: “It is so rewarding having young children around. We have especially loved having toddlers and seeing the ‘turnaround’ from when they come to us until when they leave.”
Councillor Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council, said: “The awards night is a chance to celebrate and recognise the work our foster carers do day in, day out to support children and young people in care. Foster carers are the backbone of our Children’s Services and we owe them great gratitude for the support they offer children and young people who need stability, security, guidance, encouragement and love.
“We are in urgent need of more foster carers to help our children and young people and encourage anyone who might be able to help children in this way to consider it seriously.”
To become a foster carer you need to have a spare room, a commitment to help a child, warmth, patience and a willingness to learn. People from all walks of life can apply to foster. It doesn’t matter if you are single, married or in a same sex relationship, own or rent your home, have children of your own or not.
There are lots of different types of fostering, which means you can choose how much time and energy you can offer a child and what suits your circumstances best.
Competitive fees and allowances are offered in recognition of the invaluable service foster carers provide.
Find out more about fostering by calling 0800 587 9900. Alternatively, visit www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk, ‘like’ the ‘Fostering in Somerset’ Facebook page or follow @fostersomerset on Twitter.
Notes to Editors:
- Photo attached shows Jane and Roy Bollen receiving their 15 years long service award from Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council
Next fostering information events are:
Wednesday 12 July, Bridgwater, TA6 3BU
Tuesday 1 August, Wells, BA5 2SG
Wednesday 20 September, Yeovil, BA20 1LE
Thursday 19 October, Taunton, TA1 1JW