Heather Small honours Camden’s longest-serving foster carers
Soul singer Heather Small was searching for a hero as she celebrated the fantastic work carried out by Camden’s longest-serving foster carers at a special awards ceremony on Friday (12 June).
In total, 11 awards were presented by the M People singer, who was ‘Proud’ to recognise and reward foster carers for their dedicated long service of between five and 20 years.
The annual event which forms part of national Foster Care Fortnight is not only a unique opportunity for Camden Council to celebrate our foster carers’ hard work, enthusiasm and commitment, but also to highlight the urgent need for more foster carers to come forward to provide vulnerable children with a sense of family and inclusion.
Camden foster carer Birgitta Lambrechts (pictured with Heather Small) received an award for five years of service.
“Fostering has been a really positive journey. The highlights far outweigh the challenges. Seeing the change, the growth in the children in my care is so rewarding. If you’re able to take on the fostering challenge, it will come with many rewards.”
“I am moved and impressed by the commitment and hard work of Camden foster carers and the number of children and young people that have benefited from their kindness. Looking after a child takes real energy and a very warm heart. I am very happy to be here to honour these foster carers with these well-deserved long service awards. Foster carers really do go above and beyond to give children and young people a safe and secure home, making such a difference to their lives.”
“Our annual foster carer awards allow the council to show its appreciation to the often unsung heroes of local communities. Foster carers play a vital role in helping children in the borough live within a secure and caring environment, allowing them to go on in life and achieve their own personal goals and aspirations. I hope that Camden continues to find homes and carers for the borough’s children and young people, helping them gain confidence that will give them a chance to get the best out of their lives. Many congratulations to all our foster carers.”