Re­ward­ing those who care

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

BUCK­ING­HAMSHIRE County Coun­cil wants to en­sure that the hard work and com­mit­ment of all the coun­cil’s foster car­ers is fully recog­nised and re­warded.

They are once again hold­ing their annual awards evening for foster car­ers but this year, for the first time, they need your help to de­cide on the win­ner in one of the cat­e­gories.

Six in­di­vid­u­als/cou­ples have been short­listed in the Bucks Foster Carer of the Year award cat­e­gory and you can de­cide who you think should win by check­ing out the short videos and scripts on our web­site and then vot­ing for your favourite – it couldn’t be eas­ier.

From a cou­ple who be­came foster car­ers to help keep their fam­ily to­gether to those who’ve taken on chal­leng­ing place­ments from the out­set.

From a fa­ther who stepped up to help his son’s friend to oth­ers who have fully em­braced fos­ter­ing and gone out of their way to help dozens of chil­dren and young peo­ple in the process - their sto­ries are all in­spir­ing and well worth a read/ watch.

The pub­lic votes will be counted and the win­ner will be an­nounced at the awards cer­e­mony tak­ing place on Fri­day September 8. Other awards on the night will in­clude Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to Fos­ter­ing, Com­mit­ment to Car­ing for Chil­dren with Dis­abil­i­ties, Chil­dren & Young Peo­ple’s Award (voted for by chil­dren and young peo­ple) and Best New­comer.

War­ren Whyte, cab­i­net mem­ber for chil­dren’s ser­vices, said: “We are eter­nally grate­ful to our foster car­ers for the fan­tas­tic job they do in help­ing us look after chil­dren and young peo­ple in care.

“These awards are a great way of say­ing thank you and show­ing how much we ap­pre­ci­ate the work that they do.

“I would urge every­one to take a minute to look at the shortlist and to vote for who you think is the most wor­thy win­ner.

“Their sto­ries il­lus­trate that foster car­ers come from all sorts of walks of life and have a range of dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence but they have all em­braced fos­ter­ing into their lives and have helped and con­tinue to help hun­dreds of chil­dren across Buck­ing­hamshire – they are truly in­spi­ra­tional.”

To vote in the awards visit our web­site: www. buckscc.gov.uk/fos­teringawards

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