Nottingham Foster Carers Recieve Long Service Award

Archived: Posted June 6, 2013

Core Assets Fostering - MidlandsLocal foster carers, Viv, 53, and Denyse 57, were recognised for their 10 years-long dedication to fostering at a celebratory event hosted by Core Assets Fostering.

The couple from Nottingham have been fostering for a total of 15 years – the latter 10 with Core Assets – and have made a difference to over 20 children and young people in that time. Having previously worked in nursing homes the couple have always had a caring nature and looked into fostering after a friend told them about how rewarding it could be.

“We began fostering 15 years ago and never looked back, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else now,” said Viv.

“Fostering can be challenging, but we enjoy it and there’s nothing more rewarding than when a young person leaves your care and comes back to see you. One person we looked after still visits regularly, she’ll come straight in, raid our cupboards and then run a bath! We love it because she sees our house as home and us as her family.”

Viv and Denyse benefit from 24 hour support, on-going training and a team of dedicated professionals, including support from a social worker, therapist and education officer.

Viv continued: “The support from Core Assets Fostering is fantastic, we’ve got a great relationship with our social worker, Emily, and we know there’s someone at the end of the phone 24 hours a day to offer advice.

“If you’re thinking about fostering you need to be caring, nurturing, and committed. You’ve got to be able to provide safety, stability and structure. Fostering changes your life but we’ve never regretted our decision.”

The long service awards were presented as part of Core Assets Fostering’s Foster Care Fortnight™ celebrations. The campaign, which runs from May 13 to May 26, is a national initiative looking to raise the profile of fostering and highlight the need to recruit more carers.

Core Assets Fostering area manager for Midlands, Peter Battram, commented on the campaign and congratulated Viv and Denyse on their award:

“Viv and Denyse are brilliant foster carers. They have helped many vulnerable youngsters turn their lives around and build positive futures. We are proud to have them as part of the Core Assets team and I am thrilled to have presented them with their long service award.

“We’re looking to recruit more dedicated foster carers like Viv and Denyse and Foster Care Fortnight™ is a great opportunity to find out more about fostering. If you’re thinking about a career in care I’d urge you to pick up the phone and take that first step.”

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