The long and short of it is that we want to provide good, stable, local homes for children in Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire who can’t live with their own parents.
We can do this because we know the children well, we know the carers well and we can therefore match carer and child in a way few other agencies can, giving the placement every chance for success.
We know that our carers do an incredible job and we strive to support them in every way we can, often going above and beyond the norm. (See “What’s so special about us?” for more details.)
We really welcome our carers into the team and we reckon our family-like approach is the best way to make a difference.
About the Team
Like any family, we’re a hotchpotch but all united in one thing: our passion for the children and carers we place them with.
She has two adult sons and likes spending time with family. In her spare time she also enjoys walks in the countryside, drawing and reading and she loves animals. In her youth, she was a bit of a rock chick but these days tends to listen to music at home or in small venues. She still gets the desire to dance sometimes so watch out if you spot her at an event!
Brendan has been a qualified social worker for over 10 years. Prior to that. he worked in a residential setting with young adults with complex needs. His own parents fostered for a number of years and Brendan cites this as a driving force in his own career.
Regrettably, he is not into extreme sports like some of the team and will tell you, “I keep my weight safely above the required limit for sky diving so no fear of me doing that!.” Instead Brendan spends his time with his family and enjoys travelling.
Despite being somewhat behind the scenes she takes pride in her work to ensure our young people, carers and staff team all feel supported.
Meet The Panel
These are the guys who have the final say once your application is complete. Don’t worry, they’re a good bunch. And here they are:
Corrie – Chair Person – Local Authority Manager
David – Vice Chair – Retired senior lecturer in social psychology
Trisha – Child and Family Social Worker
Dee – Retired EFS social worker
Nigel – Retired HR Director and consultant
Jill – Independent, social worker
Jane – Foster Carer
Netta – Retired social worker
Nicki – Social Worker
Stef – Child and Family Social Worker
Len – Child and Family Social Worker
Sam – EFS Social Worker