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Foster carers got a hearty thankyou when Community Foster Care hosted an awards lunch for its team in Lancashire and Cumbria.
The event was held at Hundith Hill Hotel in Cumbria which had fortunately escaped the floods.
It was the first time CFC has held its annual ceremony over lunch. In previous years CFC has hosted a buffet and mince pies at the office.
“We thought it would be nice to go out and share a proper meal together,” said Registered Manager Emma Weaver, who is based in the independent foster care agency’s office in Quarry Road, Lancaster.
Staff members Marion Cooke, Meg Arnold, Loren Hannah, Emma Weaver and students Linzi and Rachel joined eight carers, along with Chief Executive Hugh Pelham.
“The annual awards are an opportunity for CFC to say thankyou to carers who all receive a gift voucher,” said Emma. “It was really nice to meet way from the office in a relaxing atmosphere, pull crackers, tell the corny jokes and eat too much.”
Emma highlighted the high points of the last year, such as a good Ofsted report, Loren Hannah joining the team full-time after a successful student placement, and having two new students Linzi Bennett and Rachael Norman.
Emma thanked carers and said she felt extremely fortunate to be able to work with them.
“We have carers with more than 30 years’ experience as well as some who are in their first year of fostering. Not only do you all provide excellent placements for our children, but you are incredibly supportive of one another,” she said.
She thanked them for supporting CFC too. “You are always positive and enthusiastic about what we are trying to achieve and often come up with new ideas about how we can continue to develop for the benefit of the children.
“Our carers have an excellent reputation with the local authority and in many instances social workers ask for our carers specifically by name. You are all a pleasure to work with and certainly make everything feel like a team effort.”