From Washington to Doncaster; Mockingbird soars for local foster carers

Last Updated: May 16, 2018

Foster care fortnight will see a new Mockingbird Hub Home launched by Trust Fostering in Doncaster with local carers receiving a special message from The Mockingbird Society overseas.

A unique and innovative way of providing foster care, Mockingbird sees carers supported in building extended family networks that provides peer support, sleepovers, training and social activities.

Vickie Oldroyd, Mockingbird Manager for Trust Fostering said: “The UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, started Mockingbird in the UK in 2015 and we were part of the pilot.”

National Award for Trust Home

Last Updated: May 22, 2018

It was a night of celebration when together with St Leger Homes and Doncaster Council, the Trust picked up the gong for Best Partnership at the Northern Housing Award.  

The award was in recognition of the joint venture to set up our home at Cantley which opened its doors earlier this year to help care leavers prepared for independent living.

Volunteers needed to help youngsters

Last Updated: May 23, 2018

Ahead of national Volunteers’ Week in June, a scheme that supports Doncaster children in care is asking more people to join them – and to have some fun along the way.

The Independent Visitors Service (IVS), run by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, currently has 43 volunteers who help 46 young people – but says there are more waiting in the wings and that more men are particularly needed to support teenage boys.

A running start for children in care and care leavers

Last Updated: May 30, 2018

On your marks, get set, go for a new discounted leisure pass scheme, which will see children in care and care leavers enjoy up to 60% off a whole range of sporting and other activities.

The scheme, which has been launched thanks to a partnership between Doncaster Children’s Service Trust and Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, will also enable carers accompanying a child to go along for free.

By making leisure and fitness options more available it is hoped to support the general health and wellbeing of children and care leavers between the ages of 0 and 25.

“You painted a picture of the situation for the young person and were clearly passionate about promoting his voice.”

Practice development social worker

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