It is with great pride (and excitement) that we can announce that we have been shortlisted for the ‘Co-operative of the Year’ award, from our friends at Co-operatives UK.
Our nomination entry as ‘Co-operative of the Year’ can be read below. The Co-operatives UK have told us that the calibre of nominations was incredibly high, which included some of the UK’s most successful and interesting co-operatives.
The website is live, and we need your votes! As well as our members, foster carers and those we work in partnership with; members of the public are encouraged to vote. Those voting will need to enter their name and email address.
*** VOTE HERE *** http://www.uk.coop/coopoftheyear/
Nominations end on the 19th June and the winner will be announced at the Co-operative Congress being held this year on the 26th June in Birmingham.
Please spread the word & VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!
The Foster Care Co-operative (FCC) have been recruiting and expertly training foster carers for the last fifteen years, which has provided vulnerable children with safe, caring and loving homes throughout England and Wales. Making a difference to children’s lives is at the heart of FCC; this year they have been given opportunities to excel in their creativity with short story competitions and art exhibitions on national platforms, alongside continued educational support. As a not for profit organisation, children are placed with foster carers based on their needs (which are often complex and challenging), rather than to reach a financial target which happens elsewhere in the sector – which has meant the stability of placements within FCC is nine times higher than the national average. Any surplus income is re-invested to provide more foster care support, recruiting more foster carers and more training – which so far this year has included new topics such as ‘The Benefits of Social Media’. Over the last year member participation at training, support groups and events – such as Family Activity Days – has increased, making a difference to the children’s lives. FCC is achild-focused organisation and will continue to be local, loved and trusted.
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