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25 years of caring for children and young people

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On Sunday 2 July, New Routes Fostering marked 25 years of supporting children and young people with a celebration at Coleshill Town Hall.

Invited foster carers past and present, as well as children and young people currently placed through the service, joined staff at an afternoon tea party. Also attending were young people who have left the scheme, Trustees, former employees and panel members.

Guests were free to drop in throughout the afternoon and were greeted with a glass of bubbly or juice on arrival. The event was busy from start to end and there was always something to keep people entertained. Craig from MagicAParty helped get everyone into the swing with a magic show and balloon modelling that entertained children and adults alike. There was a display of photos from previous events held by New Routes Fostering and guests were delighted to pick out familiar faces from the old pictures.

Tamworth Voices choir, which included New Routes’ very own Angela Notman, gave a wonderful performance, singing a variety of musical numbers. After the choir finished guests tucked into lunch while Anna Rooney, Head of Children and Family Services, took to the stage to give a speech.

/media/news/library/wp_20170702_10_39_05_pro.jpgAnna called two sets of carers up to the stage to celebrate them reaching some big milestones, having fostered for twenty and fourteen years. They were presented with certificates, flowers and trophies by Kevin Caffrey, who set up New Routes Fostering in 1992 and who is now a Trustee. Anna also thanked everyone for coming, and those who helped out including Megan Adams, who had catered the event and provided a fantastic celebration cake, Martyn Adams the volunteer photographer and Muhammed the face painter.

After the speeches, a DJ provided music for the rest of the afternoon while guests chatted and reminisced. Usha Mehta, Team Leader at New Routes, said, “It was an opportunity for carers to chat and have a reunion. We spoke to some people who retired from the service. It was nice to find out what they are doing now.”

Everyone who went had a great time celebrating the achievements not just of New Routes Fostering, but of the children and young people who have passed through its care and the dedicated foster carers, without whom nothing would be possible.

New Routes Fostering is operated by Father Hudson’s Care as part of our support for children and families. The small, friendly team pride themselves on getting to know the children and young people in their care so they can provide the best support to them. Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, New Routes offers ongoing support, mentoring and training to foster carers as well as holding social events for families.

New Routes welcomes enquiries from across the West Midlands area, including potential foster carers in Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Warwickshire and Staffordshire. To find out more, visit www.foster-carers.org.uk or call 01675 434033 to speak to a member of the team.

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