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Change a childs life for the better – Foster Parents Article

In a new series of interviews we have asked Progress foster carers why they foster care and how fostering changes lives. Jane has been caring for Fariha. This is her story. I have worked with and cared for young people with complex disabilities for over twenty years. I may be biased; but welcoming a young person into your home is hugely rewarding, especially when you see the positive impact you are having on their life. It is an absolute pleasure…

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What does a Support Worker do? – Foster Parents Article

Laura is one of the Registered Managers at Stourbridge House. Having started her career as a Support Worker, she knows what it takes in getting a foot in the door and developing a career in health and social care. Now responsible for recruiting staff, Laura has shared her words of wisdom to what being a Support Worker is all about: I can honestly say that working for Progress throws a challenge pretty much every day. No two days are the…

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Why I foster: Joanna’s story – Foster Parents Article

In a new series of interviews we will be asking Progress foster carers why they choose to foster and why despite some challenges, fostering can bring a lot of joy. Here’s Joanna’s story. You don’t help someone to get a pat on the back. My husband and I foster because we love it. Seeing a child smile because of the support we have given them makes us so happy. For twenty-two years I was a primary school teacher, including a…

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Progress Care – Gold accreditation from Investors in People – Foster Parents Article

13th February 2020 Progress are delighted to announce that it has been awarded the Investors in People, We invest in people, Gold accreditation. Investors in People (IIP) is a standard for people management, offering accreditation to organisations that adhere to its framework of good practice in the workplace. With a community of 15,000 organisations across 75 countries, Progress is one of only 17% of accredited organisations that have achieved Gold. Commenting on the award, Emma Ruffinato, HR Manager, said: “The…

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Parent and child fostering – what is it? Foster with Progress today – Foster Parents Article

3rd January 2020 Parent and child fostering is a unique type of fostering where a parent (usually a mother) and baby comes to stay with you at a time when they need extra support.   There is also the possibility the parent could be a father and sometimes you may end up looking after both (mother and father). If the parent is an adult it’s only the child who is looked after. However, if the parent is under 18 both…

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Four Stories About Our Young People – Foster Parents Article

8th November 2019 “The young people I support are the reason why I am a support worker.” We love to hear about the success and achievements of our young people. In their own way, they all make us proud of them. It’s also important to note the hard work our Support Workers do to help the young people live life to the full! Here are few stories from Donna, a Progress support worker who says life is never dull working at Progress.…

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What Our Foster Carers Say – Foster Parents Article

17th October 2019 We know how much time and emotional investment it takes to become a foster carer. From looking for a reputable independent fostering agency to going through panel, it is important that you are comfortable with the people around you. We have close relationships with our foster carers and are there to support them at any given time. At their latest foster carers annual review, the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) asked Progress’s foster carers about their experiences with…

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Supporting Young People – Progress – Foster Parents Article

21st August 2019 We want to be able to share with your the amazing things Progress carers experience in their job every day. Mark is a Progress carer and has been supporting Jay for nearly three years. This is his story: Jay is very high on the spectrum of autism and has minimal vocabulary. Despite this, Jay’s Mum really wanted her son to take part in activities that benefited not only him but also the wider community. I did some research and…

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Working in Care Stories: Kim – Foster Parents Article

Kim is a Team Leader at Progress’s Children’s Short Breaks service, Stourbridge House. This is her story. It was Kim Williams’ younger brother who inspired her to work in care. ‘He is autistic and I grew up caring for him,’ she says. ‘I love him to bits, he is such a character and I wanted to help people in a similar situation.’ Kim was just 18 when she became a volunteer for Progress, helping out with activities in the community to gain…

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Progress Blogs | Why work at Progress? – Foster Parents Article

Thinking of working in care? With many jobs in care on offer, what makes Progress a great company to work for? 1.   We value the opinions of our staff As an organisation that works for children and young adults, the quality of services we provide is vital to our existence -therefore our staff are our greatest asset. Without their hard work and achievements, we wouldn’t benefit the number of lives we do. At Progress, we encourage staff to voice their…

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