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.”
For the next two weeks foster carers across the nation will be celebrated as part of a national campaign, Foster Care Fortnight.
We are joining forces with Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) and other partners from Public Health and RDASH to promote National Safer Sleep week, next week, March 12-18.
Around four babies a week still die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) – commonly known as cot death - and it is believed that if more parents were aware of safer sleep advice, lives would be saved.
Saturday 10 March 2018 saw Doncaster foster carer Janice Jinks win a ‘place on the plane’ during the happiest minute of the week as part of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
Nominated as part of a Mother’s Day special Ant presented her with her family’s ticket to Orlando during the Live show, saying: “Janice has been a foster mum for over 30 years; you’ve fostered over 50 children.”
Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community are being encouraged to consider fostering or adoption this LGBT fostering and adoption week which runs from Monday 5 – Sunday 11 March 2018.
Sue May, Head of Service for Looked After Children at Doncaster Children’s Services Trust said: “We know people can worry that they won’t be approved as foster carers or adopters because of their sexuality; this is an unfortunate myth and something that we want to dispel.”
This week will see the launch of a new campaign to celebrate the hidden heroes of the Doncaster community – local foster carers.
Working with Trust Fostering, the fostering service run by the recently Ofsted rated ‘Good’ Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, local carers will be sharing their stories as part of the ‘day in the life’ campaign which officially launches on Thursday 1 March 2018.
Trust Fostering carers have been recognised for their contributions to children and young people’s lives at the annual Doncaster Children’s Services Trust STAR Awards last week.
The awards, which are run by the Trust to recognise the dedication and commitment of staff, partner organisations and foster carers, had over 170 nominations with around 40 individuals and teams making it to the final.