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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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Working for Progress: Phil’s Story – Foster Parents Article

“I can talk with passion about what I do because I fully believe in it” says Phil McDonald who is at the helm of The Hub, which helps children and young adults with disabilities to get the absolute most from life. Phil started his working life at the tax office, but feeling unfulfilled, took a leap of faith to work in care and has never looked back since. He started in children’s services working alongside young people with autism and…

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Which Foster Agency Do You Choose – Foster Parents Article

Deciding which foster agency to choose can be hard. There are so many factors to consider. Charlotte is currently waiting to become a foster carer for Progress and spoke to us about the process she went through in deciding which foster agency to choose. What is your day job? I am an assistant headteacher in a mainstream secondary school, with responsibility for special educational needs and disability, known  as SEND, along with inclusion. My primary role is to help young people with…

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Careers working with children and young people – Foster Parents Article

Adam Nicholls, Development Officer It was 7am on a cold January morning in 2012 when Adam arrived for his first day as a support worker. He stepped inside what looked like any other house, to a new career and a new life. Within minutes he was answering questions from curious teenagers, finding his way amongst young people whizzing around in wheelchairs and others getting ready for their day. Adam was working in a short breaks home, helping young people with…

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What foster care means – Apply to be a foster carer today – Foster Parents Article

9th April 2019 To foster care you provide a family life for children who are unable to live with their own parents. Across the UK, foster carers open their hearts and homes to children in need of love, care and attention. Sara has been a long time foster carer for Progress and spoke to us about what foster care means for her. Foster care isn’t like raising your own children no matter what anyone tries to convince you. Your own children haven’t felt themselves…

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Q&A: Why foster care? – Apply to be Progress foster carer today – Foster Parents Article

Lola is currently going through an assessment to become foster carer. Having been through the process before, we spoke to her about her experiences and the big question: why foster care? What is your day job? I currently work as a senior social work assistant in a ‘Child in Care’ team in the West Midlands.  As part of my position, I support a group of social workers by arranging contact for looked-after children and their families. How long have you been fostering? I…

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Foster Carers’ Story: Toni and Ashley – Foster Parents Article

The names of the foster children have been changed to protect their identity. ‘We are happy because they are happy,’ says Ashley who gave up his job to foster twin boys with autism. ‘We say this is our family and we feel really close to them. We call them our boys.’ The twins came into residential care with Progress when they were 11 years old, following a foster care placement that had broken down. Oliver struggles with social understanding and…

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A New Member Of Our Senior Team – Margaret Hopkins – Foster Parents Article

Progress are thrilled to welcome our outstanding home manager Margaret Hopkins into the senior management team Before joining Progress as a support worker, Margaret was a foster carer for 22 years. Her magic was quickly recognised here and she progressed to senior, deputy and then registered manager. Over her 16 years with Progress, she has supported staff to care for young people with Autism and behaviours that challenge, through to children with profound disabilities and complex health care needs. Not…

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Progress Foster Carers Awards Lunch – Foster Parents Article

Posted 12th March 2019by ahsan Foster carers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things… Opening your home and ultimately your heart to someone else’s child is not easy, but is a hugely rewarding experience. Celebrating this together is important, because our foster carers make it possible for Progress to contribute to improving the lives and outcomes of many children in our care. These amazing people welcome children into their homes, families, lives and are invested in their futures, supporting them through…

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Careers in Social Care | Working for Progress: Roma and Vicky’s story – Foster Parents Article

The memories of a day at Reading Festival still stay with Roma and hold a special place in her heart.  She had taken a teenager from Wellcroft House to the festival, and Roma could see the joy on her face as the young girl got out of her wheelchair and danced. ‘It was brilliant,’ she says. ‘She now goes every year.’ Wellcroft House provides residential services for young adults with learning disabilities and Roma Cantello has been a manager since…

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