Why choose Young People at Heart?
Introduction by Gary Cox, founder of Young People at Heart
Young People at Heart are a not-for-profit, Independent Fostering organisation. Registered with Ofsted on 9 April 2015 and we hope you will consider us when you make future placements.
Having worked in the independent fostering sector since 2003 and been Chief Executive in for-profit agencies and most recently in a venture capital backed fostering group, I have become increasingly aware that the right levels of care and support for young people are the key to achieving successful outcomes and this can sometimes become incongruent with for-profit or venture capital backed motives. My wife Davina and I decided we wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people in care so we formed Young People at Heart as a not-for-profit organisation for one simple reason; we wanted to create an independent fostering environment where outcomes for young people were paramount for the organisation and everyone associated with it.
Since our conception, I have been encouraged by the level of interest and support from interested parties, including Local Authorities, potential staff, our very experienced panel chair who described Young People at Heart as ‘exactly the opportunity I’ve been waiting for’ and foster carers who have heard of the organisation and subscribe to the ethos of working with a not-for-profit agency. We are also delighted to have a young person from care on our fostering panel who will be an excellent role model and ambassador for young people as she is currently studying for her social work degree.
Quality is the cornerstone of everything Young People at Heart does and, without the drive for profit to reward shareholders and investors, outcomes for young people is paramount for everyone in the organisation.