Celebrating our foster carers in Hyndburn and Ribble Valley

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

To celebrate the hard work and achievements of local foster carers, Lancashire County Council held an awards ceremony event at Hoghton Village Hall.

Foster carers from across the county were invited to an evening celebration in their area, and the council's fostering team and carers nominated people for a range of awards in advance.

The winning foster carers in Hyndburn and Ribble Valley are -
• Foster family of the year - Shelly and Stephen Ainscough from Rishton
• Friends and family foster carer of the year - Angela and Les Gallagher from Accrington
• New foster carer of the year - Rifat Aslam from Preston
• Outstanding contribution to the fostering service - Evelyn Dempsie from Blackburn
• Outstanding contribution to children in our care - Diane and Tony Bartley from Rishton

The winners go through to a grand final event in June at County Hall where the overall countywide winners will be announced.

Georgine Lee, Senior Manager of the Fostering and Adoption Team at Lancashire County Council said:
"All of our foster carers work tirelessly to improve the lives of looked after children in Lancashire and we wanted to do something to recognise their efforts. Well done to our winning foster carers, there were many deserving nominations and it was a tough job for our judges to shortlist the winners. A fun night was had by all and it was such a pleasure to be part of it and see the foster carers have a well earned break."

The council is currently recruiting new people who can foster all ages of children, particularly siblings who need to stay together and teenagers. No formal experience or qualifications are needed, all they ask is that you have a spare room available and a desire to make a difference to a local child's life.

A package of support is available 24/7 to help foster carers in their role, including local support groups, their own social worker, a dedicated helpline and flexible training.

If you are interested, call the fostering recruitment team on 0300 123 6723 or visit the website: http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/fostering

Tagged as: Children, Education and Families

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