Research is underway in Doncaster to evaluate public perceptions of fostering within the borough and its surrounding areas. The Fostering Research Project, funded by the Department for Education, is jointly led by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust and a number of other local fostering agencies. The survey launched this week and is open until 22 February and anyone successfully completing it will go into a free prize draw to win an iPad.
he reverend Richard and Joanne Radley have lived in Doncaster for six years and four of them have been spent sharing their busy lives in the Vicarage at St Mary’s in Wheatley with vulnerable young foster children. The couple talked to us about what sparked their interest in fostering and told us all about their journey with Doncaster Children’s Services Trust.
A groundbreaking approach to foster care and support for children and foster carers comes to Doncaster from The Fostering Network, following a £150,000 funding award from the Department for Education’s Innovation Programme.
Eileen and Ian Lindley are living proof that being in your seventies and being active foster carers are not mutually exclusive. In fact the Doncaster couple have been successfully fostering for nearly forty years and they’ve no intention of stopping anytime soon. We caught up with them at their home in Wheatley.
Eileen: “Both Ian and I are Doncaster people born and bred. I originally trained to be a nurse but I left the profession after Ian and I were married and started to raise a family.”
“Good engagement skills I thought – empathy, non-judgemental and sensitive. Good work.”
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