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3 new foster carer families for Young People at Heart

3 foster carer families new to fostering from Chelmsford, Southend and Deal, (Young People at Heart’s first foster carer household in Kent), were recommended for approval as foster carers at the Young People at Heart fostering Panel held last night. Founder of Young People at Heart, Gary Cox, said he was delighted the new foster …


Ofsted inspection result – Rated ‘Good’

We are delighted to announce that, following our recent inspection, Young People at Heart have been rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in their report published today. Gary Cox, Founder and Chief Executive of Young People at Heart, said it was a wonderful achievement for a new agency to be rated ‘good’ and he thanked the …


Young Producers and a performing foster carer!

Three birth children from three of our foster families belong to the Young Producers group at the Thameside Theatre in Grays. As Young Producers, Franki (16), Mia (16) and Christie (12), plan, market and produce stage productions, on this occassion to celebrate the Lady Mayor of Thurrock’s year in office. Gary, Davina and Alison attended …


Training course held for birth children of foster carers

At the request of one of our foster carer’s birth children,  we held a ‘My Family Fosters’ training couse for sons and daughters of foster carers recently. The program was facilitated by Scott Winham whose Mum fostered when he was growing up, so he was able to bring real life experience to the program content. …


4 Young People receive Thurrock awards

4 of our young people received Participation Awards for their achievements throughout 2015 at a recent award ceremony held by Thurrock Council. The event was held at Roller City, Rochford and all nominees were treated to a burger and chips by Thurrock. Alison Lawes, our Young People’s Participation Officer attended the event and said it …


Food and Nutrition training day

We had a 100% turnout from our foster carer families yesterday for a training course about the importance of food and nutrition in the lives of young people in care. The presenter also had some healthy eating advice for foster carers. Fortunately, the lunch provided met most of her healthy eating suggestions! Our next training …


Why we operate as a not-for-profit fostercare organisation

A recent article published by The Guardian highlighted exactly why we formed Young People at Heart as a not-for-profit fostercare organisation. It makes interesting reading. http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2016/jan/11/why-let-fostering-agencies-profit-caring-children At Young People at Heart, outcomes for young people are paramount and our profits are retained in the organisation for the benefit of young people in care. If you …


A great afternoon at the Panto!

Young People at Heart had a fun-filled afternoon at the Thameside Theatre in Thurrock yesterday at this year’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. A group of 86 people including young people in care, foster carers, staff, panel and family members all enjoyed the fantastic production. Young People’s Participation Officer, Alison Lawes, who organised the outing, said it …


2 of our young people recognised in Southwark achievement awards

The London Borough of Southwark recently held an awards ceremony for their young people in care and we were delighted to hear that two of our young people won awards, one for Achievement and the other for Educational Achievement. Both young people received a medal and gift voucher. The Hollywood style event was held at …

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