Fos­ter care cou­ples win top hon­our

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

TWO West Lan­cashire cou­ples were among fos­ter carers hon­oured in a spe­cial awards cer­e­mony or­gan­ised by Lan­cashire County Coun­cil at County Hall, in Pre­ston.

Fos­ter carers from around the county were in­vited to an evening cel­e­bra­tion, and the coun­cil’s fos­ter­ing team and carers nom­i­nated peo­ple for a range of awards. The win­ners were: New fos­ter carer of the year – Chris and Kevin Marsh, from Skelmers­dale.

Out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the fos­ter­ing ser­vice – Mandy and Phil Owen, from Skelmers­dale.

Fos­ter fam­ily of the year – Eileen and Al­lan Wet­zstein, from Chor­ley.

Friends and fam­ily fos­ter carer of the year – Carol and Kevin Mc­Clel­land, from Ley­land.

Out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to chil­dren in our care – Rus­sell and Chris­tel Banks, from Chor­ley.

The win­ners go through to a grand fi­nal event in June at County Hall, where over­all county win­ners will be an­nounced.

The se­nior man­ager of the fos­ter­ing and adop­tion team at Lan­cashire County Coun­cil, Ge­orgine Lee, said: “All of our fos­ter carers work tire­lessly to im­prove the lives of looked-af­ter chil­dren in Lan­cashire and we wanted to do some­thing to recog­nise their ef­forts.

“Well done to our win­ning fos­ter carers. There were many de­serv­ing nom­i­na­tions and it was a tough job for our judges to short­list the win­ners.

“A fun night was had by all and it was such a plea­sure to be part of it and see the fos­ter carers have a well-earned break.”

The coun­cil is cur­rently re­cruit­ing new peo­ple who can fos­ter all ages of chil­dren, par­tic­u­larly sib­lings who need to stay to­gether and teenagers.

No for­mal ex­pe­ri­ence or qual­i­fi­ca­tions are needed for the role, all they ask is that you have a spare room avail­able and a de­sire to make a dif­fer­ence to a lo­cal child’s life.

A pack­age of sup­port is avail­able 24/7 to help fos­ter carers in their role, in­clud­ing lo­cal sup­port groups, their own so­cial worker, a ded­i­cated helpline and flex­i­ble train­ing.

If you are in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing, call the fos­ter­ing re­cruit­ment team on 0300 123 6723 or visit the web­site: www.lan­cashire.gov. uk/fos­ter­ing

Fos­ter carers, from left: Kevin and Carol Mc­Clel­land, Al­lan and Eileen Wet­zstein, Chris and Kevin Marsh, and Chris­tel and Rus­sell Banks

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