Carers Celebrated At Ceremony Of Thanks

A celebration ceremony has been hosted to thank long-serving foster carers for the love and support they offer Derbyshire County Council’s looked after children. Carers with 10 years’ service or more with the authority were invited to attend the fourth annual Foster Carers’ Long Service Awards at County Hall, Matlock. Councillor Walter Burrows, chair of Derbyshire County Council, officially opened the evening.

The 27 foster carers who achieved their long service with the county council this year have provided a range of fostering services, such as offering respite care for children with disabilities and providing emergency care placements at short notice.

Carers were celebrated for their continuing efforts with a three-course meal, followed by a presentation of long-service certificates and £30 gift vouchers each.

Councillor Anne Western, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We were delighted to be able to show our foster carers how much we value the support they give our looked after children.

“Through their commitment and generosity we are able to place our most vulnerable children in loving homes, which can make all the difference to the young people getting the best start in life and achieving their potential.”