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40 fantastic years of Fostering

     
Posted on Friday 12 May 2017
Moira & Les Martin

Moira and Les Martin with their long service award

As the Fostering Network is in the middle of its annual awareness campaign, Gateshead Council is asking people whether they could consider joining our team and “Foster 4 life”.

Gateshead Council recently hosted their annual Foster Carer Awards which recognises the dedication, hard work and achievements of all our foster carers. The theme for our event this year was “Foster 4 life” which suggests that fostering is a career for life but it also reflects that it enhances the lives of the children and young people we look after.

This year we celebrated the fact that an exceptionally high number of foster carers reached a significant milestone in the number of years they have been foster carers with Gateshead Council. We acknowledged that:

  • 20 foster families received their 5, 50 or 15 year award,
  • 5 foster families received their 20 year award,
  • 1 foster family received their 25 year award,
  • 2 foster families received their 35 year award, and
  • 1 foster family received an award for 40 years service.

The presentation of the 40 year long service award to Moira and Les Martin was the highlight of the evening for everyone, as caring for children for forty years is a massive achievement. Moira and Les’s lives were transformed when they become approved foster carers for Gateshead Council and they have fostered 60 children since then playing a massive part in transforming their lives.

They hold the record for being the youngest, as well as the longest foster carers Gateshead Council have ever had. We are immensely proud of all of our foster carers but Moira and Les Martin received a special mention for their dedication and commitment to fostering services. Moira and Les received their award surrounded by their family and children they have, and currently, look after.

Moira and Les said. “Fostering has changed massively over the last years forty years for the better. Safeguarding is more paramount, there is extra supervision, more team work and additional training. Generally, I think foster carers are more supported than ever before.”

Gateshead Council are recruiting now for foster carers to look after babies, older children, sibling groups, disabled children and unaccompanied asylum seeking children. If you are interested in finding out more come to our next information evening or special “Foster 4 all” event at Bewicks B, Gateshead Civic Centre.

  • Wednesday 17 May - 5.30pm start (information evening)
  • Wednesday 19 July - drop in between 4.30pm and 6.30pm - “Foster 4 all” event
  • Saturday 30 September- drop in between 10am and 12.30pm - “Foster 4 all” event

“Foster 4 all” events will be led by our Foster Carers to provide a unique opportunity for you to talk to carers who look after children of all age ranges and needs. This will give you real insight into the life of a foster carer and will answer any questions you may have. Our Fostering Team staff will also be available to see if fostering could be right for you. Keep an eye on the website for more details about these special events.

You do not need to wait for an event to find out more. You can call us on 0191 433 8333, email fosteringandadoption@gateshead.gov.uk or visit our fostering webpages. We have an expert Fostering Social Worker available.