Daniel Jones, 31, joins the independent foster care agency after 13 years working with young people.
The new role will encompass Community Foster Care’s work in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, as well as the development of its sister agency, Community Family Care, based in Staunton.
Brought up in Tuffley, Dan left St Peter’s School in Gloucester to take a gap year teaching outdoor education – and stayed for six years.
“I had great fun with kids doing mountain biking, archery, rock climbing and survival skills for the Birmingham Diocese. At the same time, I did a degree in Youth and Community Work at the University of Derby,” said Dan, who now lives in Sandhurst.
For the last two years Dan was the Deputy CEO of Open House in Stroud which offers support and accommodation to young homeless people and those with complex needs. For five years before that, he was a youth work manager for Young Gloucestershire.
His links with fostering were strengthened in 2010 when he joined the Community Foster Care Panel.
“I like the culture of CFC and the way it works with young people – it’s totally child-centred and that’s what sets it apart from other agencies. There is a lot of potential and opportunity to grow,” he said.
Chief Executive of Community Foster Care, Hugh Pelham, welcomed Dan.
“He has been a real asset on our Foster Care Panel and is just the person we need to help take the organisation forward. His experience and enthusiasm are first class.”
The agency, based in Staunton, is a registered charity and not-for-profit company operating in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. Established in 1999, it has nine staff based in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, five in Lancashire and Cumbria, and three in Community Family Care.
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