Category: Corporate

Growing up in foster care: Stephanie

growing up in foster care stories

Growing up in foster care is not easy for some children. Therefore, it becomes the responsibility of the carer to create an atmosphere for a child to feel loved. We asked Stephanie to share her experiences of fostering and tell us what it’s like to be in a new home. In your foster placement, what… Read more »

Lockdown experiences: young people

young people on their lockdown experiences

The lockdown has been challenging for all of us. With our daily routines changing – and likely to remain so for the foreseeable future – we are now living different lives. We spoke to two young people on their lockdown experiences, how they have coped and their hopes for the future. “I have felt I… Read more »

What does a Supervising Social Worker do?

supervising social worker

A supervising social worker supports and guides a foster carer in every aspect of their fostering experience. We spoke to Progress supervising social worker Tendai to get an insight on her role. It is my responsibility to develop a close working relationship with our pool of foster carers. On any given day, I can be… Read more »

5 minutes with…Darrell  

Support Worker at Nightingale House

The Support Worker at Nightingale House, on working in mental health, training, and why team work is important. I used to work for Derby Mental Health Trust as a health care assistant. My job was to support people who had different mental health issues. I learned very quickly that at the beginning of each shift,… Read more »

Why I foster: Helen

fostering changes lives

In a new series of interviews we have asked Progress foster carers why they foster care and how fostering changes lives. Helen has been caring for James and Perry with her husband, Henry. This is her story. When you have a child of your own, you realise what a positive influence they can have on… Read more »

Safeguarding children and young people

Safeguarding children and young people

Safeguarding children and young people means protecting them from any abuse, neglect, or exploitation. We want all foster children and young people to grow up as part of a loving family. It is, therefore, the Progress foster team’s responsibility to give children and young people (and their carers) access to the support they need to create… Read more »

Sybil’s tips on becoming a support worker

becoming a support worker

Sybil is an experienced Team Leader at Progress. Having worked closely with staff at Portland house she is well placed to tell us what is needed in becoming a support worker. A Progress support worker gives children and young adults (with complex disabilities) practical and emotional support to live happy and fulfilling lives. The job… Read more »

5 minutes with…Michelle

The Support Worker at Wellcroft House, on life at Progress, beverages, and why you should give working with young people a try. I always wanted to do something meaningful in life. I’ve had different jobs and owned a café too, but it wasn’t fulfilling. When I saw a job come up with Progress I thought,… Read more »

Why I foster: Jane

foster care experiences

In a new series of interviews we have asked Progress foster carers why they foster care and how fostering changes lives. Jane has been caring for Fariha. This is her story. I have worked with and cared for young people with complex disabilities for over twenty years. I may be biased; but welcoming a young… Read more »

What does a support worker do?

what is a support worker

Laura is one of the Registered Managers at Stourbridge House. Having started her career as a Support Worker, she knows what it takes in getting a foot in the door and developing a career in health and social care. Now responsible for recruiting staff, Laura has shared her words of wisdom to what being a… Read more »