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Fostering through the eyes of a 13 year old…

As part of our annual review process, we asked the 13 year old daughter of one of our foster carers how she felt about her family fostering. Her reply was one of the nicest we’d ever heard… ‘We don’t foster. We join children to our family’. What a wonderful response from such a young person. …


2 more foster carer households approved

Young People at Heart recently approved another two foster carer households new to fostering, bringing the total number of foster care households to 12. Founder and Chief Executive Gary Cox said he was delighted to welcome the new foster carers into the Young People at Heart family. Both were single carers who brought skills and …


Panel member announced as finalist for 2016 YBA Award

Congratulations to Letesha-Kirton Adams, one of our independent Fostering Panel members, who has been announced as a finalist for a 2016 YBA (Young Black Achievers) Award. Letesha is a care leaver and is now studying to be a social worker. Gary Cox, Founder of Young People at Heart, said Letesha provides the Young People at …


Fun day and Awards at Thriftwood Scout Camp

Today our young people and birth children enjoyed a day of activities at the Thriftwood Scout Camp, a wonderful facility set in woodland just outside Brentwood, Essex. After a morning enjoying the ‘Cresta Run’, a purpose built track and carts, and the pedal car olympics, (where it was great to see the older youngsters helping …


Back to school!

Most schools re-open this week. 18 of our 19 young people in foster care with us attend school (one is still too young!) and all will receive support from our foster carers and staff who routinely attend LAC and PEP meetings. Good luck to two of our young people entering 6th Form Colleges, four moving …


Young people address Panel

In addition to three foster carer households attending Panel for their first annual reviews, 2 young people also came to Panel to talk about their experience of life in their foster carers’ home. After they had spoken, in thanking the young people, Panel Chair Dr. Andrea Warman said she felt it was very special to …


A visit to the Fire Station!

For one of the more eagerly awaited outings, this morning a group of young people, foster carers and staff went to the Essex Fire Museum in Grays to learn about fire safety and see historic fire engines and safety equipment. The highlights of the trip were undoubtedly spraying water from a fire hose attached to …


Outing to Coal House Fort

Young people, foster carer families and Young People at Heart staff enjoyed a day at Coal House Fort in Essex today. The historic fort, built in 1860, is set on the banks of the River Thames so everyone enjoyed a walk around the fort and along the river bank, followed by games and a picnic …


Congratulations to one of our young people!

One of our young people recently received two awards worthy of mention. He received a Chief Scout Silver Award, one of only 10 in the county to receive the honour and followed that up by winning the Athlete of the Year Award at school. Both are fantastic achievements. Well done young man!  

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