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Matthew takes reins at Community Foster Care

17 March 2017 | CFC News

Matthew Roberts has been appointed Chief Executive of independent agency, Community Foster Care and its sister charity Community Family Care. 

He takes over from Hugh Pelham, who retires after three years at the helm.

CFC, based in Staunton, is a registered charity and not-for-profit company which provides foster carers and family support programmes for children all over Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Lancashire and Cumbria.  

Brought up in Burton-on-Trent, Matthew, 54, was involved in the health and fitness industry for more than 20 years, and moved into the health and wellbeing sector in 2013 as Commercial and Operations Director for the charity Mytime Active in Kent. 

Before joining Community Foster Care and Community Family Care he was interim CEO for CXK, a charity focused on finding employment for young people from difficult circumstances. 

“I’m pleased to join another charity with a mission to help young people. Community Foster Care and Family Care has a very friendly team who are hugely committed professionals, full of integrity, and wholly child-focused. Those values are worth fighting for,” he said.

He added that the biggest challenge facing fostering is the growing number of children in care whilst the number of foster carers fails to keep pace. 

“We need to break the myth that foster caring is for others, and wake up to the fact that there are not enough carers in the UK.

“A whole group of people who have had children and possess great skills don’t realise that they could foster. We need to engage them in discussion and ask them to look at fostering more seriously.

“Fostering plays a crucial role in ensuring that young people get a better life opportunity. It’s essential that there is no let-up in the search for foster carers who can make that possible.”

Chair of Trustees, John McLaughlin, welcomed Matthew to CFC. “His experience will be invaluable in taking the organisation forward,” he said.