North East foster carers celebrate their dedication and achievement

Archived: Posted October 21, 2015

We had a wonderful day here in the North East to mark International Foster Carer Appreciation Day.  We welcomed our foster carers to a special event and gave them an applauded guard of honour into the beautifully dressed room. And rightly so too!

Everyone took their seats for a speech from operations manager for the North East region, Jodie Fletcher-Murray, and a presentation with memories of our young people and their carers.

Next we asked our foster carers to reflect on their fostering journey, making reference to their own personal achievements. We asked carers about why they foster and why they do what they do, and they then shared these inspirational stories with the room. There were moments of this that made us laugh, made us cry and allowed us to take the time to really think about the fantastic job our foster carers do. It was wonderful to hear such positive outcomes for children and young people in the region, and stories of love from everyone. We then ran our raffle which was lovingly organised by Jayne Saul with a very fitting pamper theme.

And then there was cake, lots of cake! Afternoon tea was served and boy did it look fabulous, cream cakes and scones galore! The event gave our carers a great opportunity to reconnect following the summer activities – it’s not often that so many of our foster carers get together in one place. It was great to see them all together chatting and sharing updates about their fostering families.

We also had a ‘photo booth corner’, where foster carers were invited to take some funny pictures!

North East foster carers enjoy photo booth

The final part of the day was to cut the cake, and two of our carer reps, Andy Bridger and Mally Priddy did the honours.

Not wanting anyone to miss out, we organised for afternoon tea to be taken to a group of carers on some highly important training that day at out Esh Plaza office.

All of our foster carers had a great time, and to be part of the celebrations as staff was also fantastic, we really enjoyed bringing everyone together.

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