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Awards for fantastic foster carers

Inspirational residents from across Waltham Forest who help transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people have been celebrated at Waltham Forest’s Foster Carer Awards 2017.



Two of the borough’s dedicated foster carers, Pauline Cole and Peter Filmer, have provided a loving family environment to children and young people in need since September 2007. In addition to looking after young people long term, they have given respite to more than 80 young people over the years in their role as emergency out-of-hours carers.



The couple have always been willing to go the extra mile as foster carers, and have done all they can to support their foster children to reach their individual academic goals.



After being presented an award for Supporting Educational Attainment at the Council’s annual fostering celebration ceremony, Pauline said: “We began fostering because it was something we had always wanted to do. When our children were older and we had space at home we felt it was the right time to do it. We are very pleased with our award and believe that education is very important.”



The Foster Carer Awards 2017, which took place on Friday 27 January, saw carers from across the borough rewarded for their hard work helping transform the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged children.



Kathleen Hudson was presented with a Services to Fostering award for successfully helping children and young people in challenging situations with incredible resilience and patience.

Social workers noted Kathleen’s skill and ability to effect positive change, offer children and young people much-needed stability – and face any situation with a smile and good grace.

 

Kathleen was also praised for the warmth and kindness she shows every child placed with her, as well as for drawing on her mental health professional background to support and understand the needs of the young people in her care and ensure their wishes and feelings are always heard.



She said: “I began fostering because of my love for children and my desire to do what I can to assist their development and growth. I would like to thank my supervising social worker and all those who considered me worthy of this award. I am so happy, excited and grateful.”



The Working with Diversity award went to Paulette Brown, who is a parent and child foster carer. Paulette was singled out for the commitment, resilience, patience and care she has showed towards all of the children and young people she has looked after since becoming a carer in 2013. 



Paulette said: “I began fostering because I wanted to give something back to the community. I am delighted to receive the award. Waltham Forest has supported me in my role as a foster carer by providing lots of training and keeping me motivated.” 



Cllr Grace Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, told Waltham Forest News: “It was humbling to hear the different stories and experiences of our fantastic foster carers at the awards ceremony. They have clearly made an immeasurable difference to the lives of so many of our young people.



“They really are an absolute credit to Waltham Forest, and we want them to know just how much we value their commitment and compassion.”



Waltham Forest’s Foster Carer Awards 2017 also saw awards given out for Long Service, Carer of the Year and Managing Transitions. The Carer of the Year was chosen by a fostered young person.



Waltham Forest foster carers receive a rewards package that includes up to 60 per cent off their council tax, a professional fee, discounted access to the borough’s six leisure centres and 24/7 support. For more information, and to register your interest, visit www.fosteringwalthamforest.co.uk.
 




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