A couple from Doncaster, who have helped and supported over 100 children as foster carers, were this week praised for their life-long commitment as they retire from fostering aged 80 and 81.
Ian and Eileen Lindley first began fostering in 1992 and have provided a home to children who cannot live with their birth families ever since.
As specialist foster carers they have supported vulnerable children facing a range of challenging circumstances, welcoming all into their care and significantly improving their life chances.
Doncaster Children's Services Trust was declared top of the crop for delivering a first class apprenticeship programme to people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Trust, which delivers children’s social care on behalf of Doncaster Council, walked away with the gong from the annual Doncaster College Apprenticeship Awards.
The search is on to find over 100 volunteers to be mentors to vulnerable children and young people across Doncaster.
Colleagues at Doncaster Children’s Services Trust are looking for people to spare just two hours a month to help a child or young person raise their aspirations and try new experiences.
Pupils aged 9 to 18 from schools across the borough will be part of the ‘Trusted Mentors’ project, which is being funded through the Department for Education’s Doncaster Opportunity Area programme, following research into the positive impact mentors can have on young people.
A celebration has been held to mark the first anniversary of Cantley House, a home in Doncaster that prepares care leavers for independent living.
The facility provides supported living for young people previously cared for through the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust.
Doncaster is just one of nine pilot areas across the country that will trial a new approach to mental health assessments to help ensure that children and young people are assessed at the right time, with a focus on their individual needs for those in care.
A couple who have fostered more than 100 children and teenagers during the past 40 years received a surprise at the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust annual Star Awards.
The awards, in their fourth year, recognise the work that those at the Trust and its partners carry out each and every day to make a positive impact on the lives of children, young people and families in need in Doncaster.
Individuals and teams of staff from Doncaster Children’s Services Trust have been awarded for their dedication and contribution to improving the lives of local children, young people and families.
The Trust's STAR Awards, now in their fourth year, are held for staff and external workers and aim to celebrate those who go that extra mile and truly make a difference through their passion and commitment to helping families.
Ofsted have praised Doncaster Children’s Services Trust for their delivery of an ‘outstanding’ fostering service which, they say, ‘greatly enhances the life chances’ of children and young people.
The government watchdog has also given positive feedback to the Trust and Doncaster Council, for services they jointly deliver for children and young people with disabilities.
Inspectors have paid a visit to the Trust twice in recent weeks – one for a full inspection of the fostering service, which is delivered by the Trust on behalf of the council.
Comedy, choreography and Car Pool Karaoke were just some of the ingredients for the annual X-Mas Factor spectacular this week.
The evening is a fantastic opportunity for our children to showcase their amazing talents – which this year even included a signed performance of This is Me from the musical The Greatest Showman and a clapping version of A Sailor Went to Sea.
Trust Fostering is inviting people who are thinking about fostering to come along to an information event at the Dome.
Members of the Trust Fostering team and foster carers will be hosting an event on Thursday 29 November, between 5.30pm and 8.30pm.
The drop-in event at Doncaster Dome is a great way to learn more about the fostering process before making any decision.
Current foster carers and social workers will be among those on hand to explain the fostering process and about providing a loving and stable home for the children who need foster placements.