Doncaster children’s Services Trust is celebrating after one of its social workers has been shortlisted in a national award scheme.
Linzi Nicholson has been shortlisted for Team Leader of the Year as part of the national Social Worker of the Year Awards, which celebrate the very best work delivered by the profession to support vulnerable children and young people. Linzi is among one of six children’s social worker team managers from across the country who will compete to win the top accolade at a glittering ceremony to be held in London in November.
A carnival theme provided the colourful back-drop to a ceremony held to mark the many and varied achievements of children and teenagers growing up in care and care leavers.
Nearly 100 young people received certificates at the annual Celebrating Success Awards, held jointly by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and Doncaster Council.
The young people were awarded in categories which marked achievements in education, sport, creativity and the arts and personal achievement and included many examples of courage, determination and kindness.
An awards ceremony for children in care and care leavers has been given a boost thanks to a £1,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Doncaster.
The money is to go towards the cost of staging the glittering annual Celebrating Success event, hosted by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, later in the month.
This recognises and applauds fundraising or volunteering efforts; educational achievement; sporting participation; artistic endeavours and other personal achievements of all the young people the Trust cares for or works with.
Doncaster Children’s Services Trust has been selected to become part of a newly-launched government initiative to help achieve better outcomes for children, young people and families across the country.
They are one of 21 local authorities and trusts delivering children’s social care to be selected to become first-wave partners with the new What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care.
This aims to bring together the best available evidence in the field for frontline workers and decision makers in the children’s social care sector.
This week has seen Trust Fostering launch their fifth Mockingbird Hub.
Two ‘Rising Stars’ from Doncaster Children’s Services Trust have scooped a top accolade in a national awards ceremony.
Care leavers turned young apprentices with the Trust, Becci Coole and Mica Ferrol, received a silver award when they attended a glittering ceremony in London after being shortlisted by judges as ‘Rising Stars’ at the MJ Local Government Achievement Awards.
Joining them were the Trust’s bosses, who were shortlisted for the Senior Leadership Team award.
Doncaster foster carer Janice Jinks has been rubbing shoulders with Royalty after receiving an invite to a coveted Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
As part of the Trust Foster Care Fortnight celebrations Mockingbird carers have shared their stories on Facebook Live with the Doncaster Free Press.
Foster care fortnight will see a new Mockingbird Hub Home launched by Trust Fostering in Doncaster with local carers receiving a special message from The Mockingbird Society overseas.
A unique and innovative way of providing foster care, Mockingbird sees carers supported in building extended family networks that provides peer support, sleepovers, training and social activities.
Vickie Oldroyd, Mockingbird Manager for Trust Fostering said: “The UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, started Mockingbird in the UK in 2015 and we were part of the pilot.”