On Friday 7 October, Thurrock Foster Carers were honoured at a celebration event for the inspirational work they do, making a difference, and helping the most vulnerable children and young people in Thurrock.
Cllr James Halden, Mayor of Thurrock, presented awards to our Foster Carers who have attained 5, 10 and 15 years of fostering young people in Thurrock. Foster Carers who have supported the recruitment of new Foster Carers were also recognised with an award.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Children and Education, said: "Friday was a wonderful celebration and I cannot thank our Foster Carers enough, providing safe homes and support to our most vulnerable children. Their dedication and commitment does not go unnoticed and personally, I am most grateful.
"It was great to meet Foster Carers who have supported Thurrock Fostering for many years, as well as, new Foster Carers who have recently been approved and have young families themselves. It was incredible to see an acknowledgement of one Foster Carer for 43 years of service. This event was a small way of saying thank you."
If you have been thinking about becoming a Foster Carer, or are a carer looking for new challenges and experiences with a local authority, speak to Thurrock Fostering for more information. You don't have to live in Thurrock to be a foster carer with Thurrock Fostering. For more information and to find out about upcoming information events, go to thurrock.gov.uk/fostering, phone 0800 652 1256, or email email@example.com
Thurrock Fostering has been involved in a national collaboration of 56 local authorities to create a short film to raise awareness of fostering. This is being launched on Thursday 13 October – keep an eye out on Thurrock Council's social media channels and thurrock.gov.uk/fostering
Photo below: Foster Carers with the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor and the Cabinet Member for Children and Education.