Work of foster carers celebrated

The foster carers with Provost Helen Moonie at the event
The foster carers with Provost Helen Moonie at the event

The outstanding achievements of 28 South Ayrshire Council foster carers, who make a real difference to children and young people who live in communities across South Ayrshire, were celebrated at a special lunch recently.

South Ayrshire Council foster carers do a hugely important job in nurturing and caring for the area’s most vulnerable children.

Councillor Rita Miller, Health and Social Care Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “Our foster carers do an outstanding job taking babies and young people into their homes and caring for them. It takes a very special sort of person to be a foster carer, to be able to look after a child short term until they return home or move to a permanent family, through permanent fostering or adoption.

“The support that foster carers give, through their dedication and commitment, has a positive impact on the lives of those they care for.”

At the lunch a long service award was presented to John and Sarah Gamble who have cared for 21 children on a long term and permanent basis over the 20 years they have been fostering. Their commitment and promotion in supporting vulnerable children extends to their own children who have expressed an interest in carrying on the work of their parents taking up fostering.

John and Sarah Gamble jointly commented: “We have been fostering for 20 years and loved every minute of it. Fostering has its rewards and challenges and we feel honoured to have the opportunity to provide care for children.”

A Services to the Community award was presented to Fiona Gibson who has been a foster carer for four years. As well as caring for vulnerable children and managing to promote their birth children’s development, Fiona has raised funds for vulnerable children and donated this to local charities.

Fiona Gibson said: “Although fostering has its challenges, it is also extremely rewarding. We feel privileged to be trusted with the care of children.”

South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie said: “All our foster carers are people who have made a positive decision to support children and young people who need a safe and secure temporary home. I cannot praise our foster carers enough, they are unsung heroes across South Ayrshire. These foster carers have between them fostered over 80 children, a remarkable achievement.”

South Ayrshire Council is continuing to recruit foster carers, adopters, shared carers and supported carers and is particularly interested in hearing from people that would be interested in fostering young people within the age group of 12 to 16 years of age. Prospective foster carers do not need any formal qualifications but must be interested in supporting children, and looking for a challenge. There is no need to be married and employed or have children of your own, but experience of raising children or working with children would be an advantage South Ayrshire would welcome enquiries from people of all races, religion or cultures.

If you would like to find out more about fostering, please contact, call 01292 267675 or Family Placement and Adoption Team, Whitletts Area Centre, 181 Whitletts Road, Ayr, KA8 0JQ.