Fostering Celebration Day a hit with carers and children alike!5 May, 2017
A huge thank you to the Orange Grove Staffordshire foster carers and children for making our 2017 Fostering Celebration event such a huge success! Held in the luxurious surrounds of Rodbaston Hall, the OG staff team pulled out all the stops to ensure their carers and children were recognised and rewarded for their efforts and achievements over the last 12 months.
The day kicked off with a delicious afternoon tea, followed by awards for children and carers, speeches and then the highlight of the day – a disco! Run by 18 year old Liam, who attends Futures SSC and is enrolled on their Foundations for Learning and Life course, he used his amazing DJ’ing skills and helped make the event a real hit. The young people loved his DJ set and were very appreciative of the many requests that got played!
Feedback from our carers and young people was testament to the fun that was had by all:
“A most enjoyable time together thank you. I loved the afternoon tea – scrumptious – and the beautiful surroundings we were lucky enough to be in. Thank you for all the hard work involved in organising this special event” (Sue – OG Foster Carer)
“Enthusiastic event, built for children, venue top quality. Good way to spend an afternoon – smiles on all faces” (OG Foster Carer)
“I thought that today was fabulous and I wish I could go again” (Young person – aged 8)
Orange Grove Staffordshire’s Registered Manager, Kelly Burgess said “our carers work tirelessly to ensure a brighter future for local children who have had a really tough start in life. It’s a rewarding job but we know it’s also one of the toughest jobs in the world and we like to take the opportunity to recognise this. It’s also about recognising the incredible progress and achievements of our children.”
“Fostering is a type of family. We all come from all kinds of different families and families can include brothers, sisters, mums, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles, step families and foster families. We’re all different in different ways and we’re all special in different ways. Families help us do all kinds of things from learning to talk, learning to walk and learning to love and care about each other. The staff team tries to help the adults and children within Orange Grove to make progress and to learn and grow and some of the stories and situations we hear about makes me feel really proud to be a part of this family. I’ve seen adults grow more confident in what they’re doing and I’ve seen children make all kinds of progress, whether it’s in school or at home or with their friends.”
Kelly adds: “With Fostercare Fortnight taking place from 8th – 21st May I hope this puts a renewed spotlight on this worthwhile career and that more families will step forward and be inspired to change the life of a young person.”