Western Trust celebrates foster carers

07/04/2011

Western Trust celebrates foster carers

Foster carers from across the Western Trust area have been praised for their invaluable service to foster children and young people during the annual Foster Carers Training Awards Ceremony.

Hosted last week at St Columb’s House, Londonderry, the event, celebrated the outstanding continued commitment and dedication of carers and the profound difference they make to the lives of young people in their care. 

Most of the carers commended at the event have been providing care to children for many years; some had committed over 25 and 30 years of their life to fostering children. Describing them as the ‘unsung heroes’ of society, Guest speaker at the event, Mr John Doherty, Director of Women and Children’s Services at the Western Trust, said; “Foster carers do a tremendous job in difficult circumstances, they open up their homes and provide a warm family environment to children, some of whom have complex needs. The Trust is very fortunate to have such an outstanding network of foster carers and these awards are an excellent way to recognise the important work that they do.”foster carers omagh

Mr Doherty also spoke about the importance of on-going training for foster carers, he added “As a Trust we have a responsibility to prepare foster carers and provide continued support and training.  We appreciate that different carers have different needs depending on their own circumstances and the children for whom they are providing care for. 

“The Western Trust is committed to supporting our foster carers and making sure they have the skills and knowledge to provide the best experience possible for the children in their care. This is why our training programme is so important and I congratulate all those involved in our most recent programme who are receiving awards."foster award -derry

Awards were presented to foster carers under the following categories; Personal Development, New Carer's, Motivation and Recognition for 25 years or more service to fostering. Flowers were also presened to foster cares who were involved in the training programme as co-trainers.