A Year of Dedication and Care: Fostering Service Reflects

The staff team and foster carers have again gone above and beyond to make sure we are providing the right opportunities and outcomes for our young people.

The yuletide season is here and Phil, the Registered Manager of the Fostering Service at Progress Children’s Services, extends his heartfelt congratulations to the entire team for their unwavering dedication and hard work throughout 2023. In a goodwill message, Phil expresses gratitude to those who have played a pivotal role in providing exceptional care to the children under their charge.

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved with the fostering service throughout this year for the hard work, commitment and dedication they have shown in providing outstanding care to the children we look after,” says Phil, acknowledging the collective effort that has defined the service’s success over the past year.

Fostering Service at Progress Children’s Services has thrived on the commitment and dedication exhibited by both the staff team and foster carers. “The staff team and foster carers have again gone above and beyond to make sure we are providing the right opportunities and outcomes for our young people,” notes Phil, emphasising the tireless efforts put forth to ensure the well-being and positive development of the children in their care.

Going beyond the call of duty, the team has tirelessly worked to ensure that the children receive the best possible care and opportunities. “Throughout this period, we have had brilliant support groups for both carers and children and looked to deliver training that is engaging and worthwhile,” Phil states, highlighting the comprehensive support system in place to foster collaboration and understanding among carers and children.

Throughout the year, Progress Fostering Service has not only met but exceeded expectations by delivering engaging and worthwhile training. “We have provided events like the youth club, Summer Event Day, and pantomime that have given us incredible feedback,” Phil shares, underlining the service’s commitment to not only meeting the basic needs of the children but also creating enriching experiences that contribute to their overall development.

As we approach the New Year, Phil extends warm wishes to all those involved, expressing gratitude to every single person who has made a positive impact on a child’s life in 2023. “We hope you enjoy the holiday period and thanks to every single person who has had a positive impact on any child in 2023, and we hope you have a happy new year,” he says, encapsulating the service’s appreciation for the collective effort that has made a difference in the lives of the children.

The message from Phil encapsulates a year marked by compassion, resilience, and a shared commitment to the well-being of the children in the care of Progress Fostering Service. As we bid farewell to 2023, we join in celebrating the achievements and successes of the fostering service, while looking ahead to a future filled with even greater accomplishments and contributions to the community.

A Decade of Dedication: Phil Reflects on 10 Years with Progress

In a remarkable journey that began as a six-month contract in 2013, Phil, a seasoned professional in the industry, finds himself celebrating a decade with Progress, which he describes as a “cracking little company” with values that have been the bedrock of his successful career.

“I came to Progress for a six-month contract back in 2013, thinking it would be an interim appointment,” Phil said. “But obviously, I like Progress, and Progress obviously likes me. I’ve ended up staying 10 years.”

Describing why he has been able to enjoy working at Progress this long, Phil reflects: “I’ve always said that, from my perspective, Progress is a cracking little company. It’s got good values, which have seen me through my career. And I’ve enjoyed working here.”

One key factor that has kept Phil dedicated to Progress is the exemplary leadership provided by Claire Rogers, Progress’ Managing Director. “I think the leadership from Claire is excellent,” Phil noted. “And that’s evidenced in the progress that the company is actually making.”

Phil received his ten-year long service award from Claire at the recently held Progress Staff Conference 2023

Under Claire’s guidance, Phil noted that Progress has achieved significant milestones, demonstrating its commitment to excellence and innovation. Phil pointed out, “One of the elements that stands out for me is the reputation that Progress has developed for itself in terms of being a very safe provider for children and young people.” This acknowledgment underscores the Progress’ focus on creating a secure environment for the most vulnerable members of society.

Moreover, Phil highlighted Progress’s dedication to improving outcomes for children and young people, emphasising Progress’ mission-centred approach. “Being centred around looking at the outcomes for children and people,” he added, “is something that has been a driving force for me throughout my time here.”

As Phil reflects on his 10 years with Progress, it is evident that his journey has been marked by a deep appreciation for the company’s values, leadership, and commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of children and young people. Progress, in turn, has benefited from Phil’s dedication and expertise, creating a partnership that has stood the test of time.