At Swiis, we believe it is important to recognise the dedication of our Foster Carers and the valuable work they do, so we recently held a presentation day in the North East to say a big ‘thank you’ to the foster carers for their tireless commitment and dedication to the children and young people they look after. Education Advisor, Jonathan Ord tells us all about it.
For ease of travel for our foster carers, we scheduled two separate celebration days; the first in Rockcliffe Hall Hotel, just outside Darlington and the Horton Grange Hotel which is a few miles north of Newcastle. A crisp, but gloriously sunny day greeted all the foster carers and staff who attended the respective events.
Keith Stopher, National Director of Fostering, made the introductory address to all present. As always, it was a personal and heartfelt speech which really struck a chord with all who were there.
All the staff present were given the opportunity to introduce themselves. This proved to be a valuable exercise and allowed everyone to put ‘names to faces’, especially as we have some new members of staff.
Presentations were made by Vicci Jones, Director of Social Work and Kathryn Mooney, North East Registered Manager, ably assisted by Paul Jamieson, Director of Operations. All our foster carers received a personalised framed picture as a small token of our appreciation. This was followed by a special presentation to those foster carers who have more than ten years’ service with Swiis. These lucky foster carers also received a voucher for a lovely afternoon tea.
In addition, there was a presentation to Helen Preston, our Health Advisor in the North East, to congratulate her on 12 years of working for Swiis. There was even time for Supervising Social Worker Paul McCrickard to have his birthday acknowledged with a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ and a personalised dessert prepared by the hotel staff.
After a lovely lunch, it was time to say our goodbyes and agree that we would hold North East foster carer ‘celebration days’ biannually. We look forward to the next one.