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News and Blogs

You can be sure that life never stands still at Progress.

Read our latest News and Blogs below to keep completely up-to-date with everything that’s going on in the Progress world.

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What Our Foster Carers Say

5th December 2019

We know how much time and emotional investment it takes to become a foster carer. From looking for a reputable independent fostering agency to going through panel, it is important that you are comfortable with the people around you. We have close relationships with our foster carers and are there…
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Four Stories About Our Young People

8th November 2019

“The young people I support are the reason why I am a support worker.” We love to hear about the success and achievements of our young people. In their own way, they all make us proud of them. It’s also important to note the hard work our Support Workers do to…
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7 Ways You Benefit With Supported Living

4th October 2019

The Progress supported living service helps you to move into your own accommodation, giving you the chance to live independently. But why choose supported living? Here are 7 ways you can benefit with support from Progress. Greater independence. Supported living gives you the chance to live as ordinary a…
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Foster Carer Stories: Short Breaks Fostering

4th September 2019

Short Breaks Foster care is a temporary placement while future plans for the child / young person(s) are confirmed. A placement can last from a few days to a few months. But how does this all work in reality? We spoke to one of our foster carers Sally on her…
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Supporting children and young adults

Supporting Young People

21st August 2019

We want to be able to share with your the amazing things Progress carers experience in their job every day. Mark is a Progress carer and has been supporting Jay for nearly three years. This is his story: Jay is very high on the spectrum of autism and has minimal vocabulary. Despite…
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Working in Care Stories: Kim

12th July 2019

Kim is a Team Leader at Progress’s Children’s Short Breaks service, Stourbridge House. This is her story. It was Kim Williams’ younger brother who inspired her to work in care. ‘He is autistic and I grew up caring for him,’ she says. ‘I love him to bits, he is such a…
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Why work for Progress?

17th June 2019

Are you thinking of working in care? With many jobs in care on offer, what makes Progress a great company to work for? 1.   We value the opinions of our staff As an organisation that works for children and young adults, the quality of services we provide is vital…
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Claire - career in care

From Senior Support Worker to Managing Director

14th June 2019

Claire Rogers speaks from the heart about her role as Managing Director of Progress. She talks with passion about her values, her aims for the staff and the children.  “I give everything to what I do,” she says, “I love it.” Claire moved into care from a career in retail,…
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Working for Progress: Phil’s Story

21st May 2019

“I can talk with passion about what I do because I fully believe in it” says Phil McDonald who is at the helm of The Hub, which helps children and young adults with disabilities to get the absolute most from life. Phil started his working life at the tax office,…
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How To Choose A Foster Agency

29th April 2019

Deciding which foster agency to choose can be hard. There are so many factors to consider. Charlotte is currently waiting to become a foster carer for Progress and spoke to us about the process she went through in deciding which foster agency to choose. What is your day job? I am…
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Children and Young People careers

Working for Progress: Adam’s story

24th April 2019

Adam Nicholls, Development Officer   It was 7am on a cold January morning in 2012 when Adam arrived for his first day as a support worker. He stepped inside what looked like any other house, to a new career and a new life. Within minutes he was answering questions from…
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What foster care means

What does foster care mean?

9th April 2019

To foster care you provide a family life for children who are unable to live with their own parents. Across the UK, foster carers open their hearts and homes to children in need of love, care and attention. Sara has been a long time foster carer for Progress and spoke to us…
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Q&A: Why foster care?

2nd April 2019

Lola is currently going through an assessment to become foster carer. Having been through the process before, we spoke to her about her experiences and the big question: why foster care? What is your day job? I currently work as a senior social work assistant in a ‘Child in Care’ team in the…
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Foster Carers’ Story: Toni and Ashley

26th March 2019

The names of the foster children have been changed to protect their identity. ‘We are happy because they are happy,’ says Ashley who gave up his job to foster twin boys with autism. ‘We say this is our family and we feel really close to them. We call them our…
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A New Member Of Our Senior Team – Margaret Hopkins

18th March 2019

Progress are thrilled to welcome our outstanding home manager Margaret Hopkins into the senior management team Before joining Progress as a support worker, Margaret was a foster carer for 22 years. Her magic was quickly recognised here and she progressed to senior, deputy and then registered manager. Over her 16…
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Progress Foster Carers Awards Lunch

12th March 2019

Foster carers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things… Opening your home and ultimately your heart to someone else’s child is not easy, but is a hugely rewarding experience. Celebrating this together is important, because our foster carers make it possible for Progress to contribute to improving the lives and outcomes…
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Working for Progress: Roma and Vicky’s story

6th March 2019

The memories of a day at Reading Festival still stay with Roma and hold a special place in her heart.  She had taken a teenager from Wellcroft House to the festival, and Roma could see the joy on her face as the young girl got out of her wheelchair…
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A Foster Carer’s Story: Pauline

25th February 2019

It was late one evening when Sasha arrived. She was just a year-old, dressed in a pink padded coat and carried through the door. ‘She looked so scared and dirty,’ says Pauline who was there to open her heart and give her a home. Later as Pauline gently placed…
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Carees in Social Care

Working for Progress: Bria’s Story

21st February 2019

Bria joined Progress as a Student Fostering Social Worker and has become an important member of the team. We recently caught up with her to see how she’s been getting on in her new role and hear more about what attracted her to a career in Social Care. “My Mum…
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What is the Hub?

19th February 2019

We want the young people in our care to have a great start to life and are supported as much as possible. We are continuously looking for areas where we can improve our services. This helps us achieve our goal of being the best we can be. This is where…
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A Foster Carer’s Story: Gail

19th February 2019

  Gail with Tina (Progress Operations Manager) Foster carers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Opening up your home and heart to children is not easy, but as Gail explains, it’s a rewarding experience. Gail, a foster carer, was in the kitchen when Amy received the telephone call to say she…
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Progress Spring Day Egg and Spoon Race

Our Spring Charity Partnership

12th April 2018

Our charity champions, Anna and Jess made their way over to visit our charity of the year Acorns Children’s Hospice, to brainstorm fundraising ideas.   This year, Acorns are celebrating a huge milestone; their 30th anniversary. Part of their fundraising challenge is to encourage supporters to have a go…
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Access All Areas: The Hub

20th March 2018

Our Hub services have been put together with the aim to help children and young adults with disabilities get the absolute most from life.   Between custom built accommodation, fun clubs and respite for all the family, we’ve been extremely successful in our goal. To get an inside look on…
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Blog by Issie – 16 year-old daughter of Progress staff member

13th March 2018

The feeling of buying something new never gets old!   Like most other teenage girls, my interests are fashion, makeup and music and regardless of any disability, the young girls supported by Progress are probably the same. I believe myself to be extremely lucky that I have no difficulties or…
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Our Recent Investors In People Review

13th March 2018

We are incredibly proud of recieving GOLD in this year’s Investors in People (IIP) new assessing standards. Since our last IIP blog, we have been under assessment which has come to an end in November. Over the festive period, we have been waiting for the results. Here’s what our HR Manager, Emma Ruffinato had to say:…
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Meet Our Charity Champions

29th January 2018

Happy New Year from all of us at Progress! Last month was the exciting big reveal for on our chosen charity: Acorns Children’s Hospice. We decided upon Acorns due to the incredible work and specialist care their services provide to both life-limited and threatened children as well as their families.
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Introducing Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust

15th January 2018

In our last update, we shared with you our mission to choose a charity to focus our fundraising efforts on. We are pleased to announce that our chosen charity is Acorn Children’s Hospice Trust. Based across three locations in the Midlands – Selly Oak, Worcester, and Walsall – our chosen…
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New for 2018- Our Charity Activities

9th January 2018

The philosophy coined by Confucius over 2,500 years ago, is still incredibly relevant today. Over the last 25 centuries opportunities have become unlimited, and decisions endless. We’ve found this to dramatically be the case when it comes to fundraising and giving back to local charities. With so many incredible causes…
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Meet Claire, our amazing Managing Director…

6th December 2017

This week we sat down with Claire Rogers, our Managing Director and fearless leader, with the intention of picking her brain on different aspects throughout our business. As always, her answers were honest, direct and her passion is a clear demonstration as to why, alongside Bal, she is the forefront…
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Life without Progress

23rd November 2017

What better way to introduce our dynamic and passionate Managing Director than to get out outsiders perspective! While writing this blog with Claire, my trembling fingers tap away on the keyboard, noting down her words, silently biting back unexpected tears. As we discuss the elements of the Progress business; from…
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Hub Breaks

Step down to fostering

13th November 2017

Step down to fostering Progress is a privately owned specialist organisation with strong values and a high commitment to delivering and evidencing positive outcomes for children living at home or in care. We offer an integrated service which supports disabled children on their journey, focusing on the least restrictive support…
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What does it mean to be a Supervising Social Worker?

13th November 2017

The Supervising Social Worker position is integral to the Progress team. It is a unique collaboration alongside Foster Carers to ensure the statutory i’s are dotted, and t’s are crossed in-line with current legislation. They also interlink within the fostering household, sharing beneficial knowledge & skills.   We wanted to…
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High Five!

The Voice of the Child

30th October 2017

The recent Ofsted framework rollout and the pilot inspection which we were involved in December 2016, has highlighted how it important it is to us that our children’s views are heard and understood.   While a collaborative approach to everything we do has always been our standard way of doing…
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Small Happy Child

Supporting positive change

19th October 2017

Progress noun ˈprəʊɡrɛs/ forward or onward movement towards a destination.   As of April 2017, the updated Ofsted Social Care Common Inspection Framework (SCCIF) changed the way inspection took place within independent Fostering Agencies. The Ofsted fundamental principle of inspection is to focus on the things that matter most to…
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Find out more about Nightingale House

24th September 2017

Some parents have asked “what should I expect from my son/daughter’s stay at Nightingale House?” Here is a little insight… Nightingale House is our newest residential home for 18-25 year old’s with complex disabilities or acquired brain injury. We offer any length of residence; whether that be utilising the short…
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External Partners

New opportunities with Progress

14th September 2017

Thanks to the continual growth of our organisation and our latest residential development, Stourbridge House, we have the fantastic opportunity to welcome new faces to the Progress team. As an organisation who invest heavily in our employees and encourage them to grow in all aspects they can, we always offer…
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Success

Priceless moments – E’s story

5th September 2017

In August 2016, 17-year-old E first joined us in one of our residential homes. She has Dandy-Walker Syndrome, a malformation that affects brain development, primarily of the cerebellum; the part of the brain that coordinates movement. We have been so blown away with the incredible transformation she has undertaken with…
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Fostering Options

4th September 2017

Many people consider fostering, but taking the plunge and committing comes with many worries and concerns. You are taking a leap of faith into the unknown, where children are placed in family homes at short notice with rare opportunities to get to know the child before they arrive at your…
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Stourbridge House

Ingenuitive Technology; Helping Residents Sleep Soundly

4th September 2017

The development of our new residential short breaks and transitions to independence service in Wolverhampton, has provided an excellent opportunity for us to integrate systems to improve the level of care we offer. One of the features we are excited to unveil is the acoustic monitoring technology we are installing.
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Brand New Facility

Coming soon – Stourbridge House

3rd August 2017

A word from the Managing Director  Welcome to the first newsletter about the latest developmentfrom Progress, my name is Claire Rogers the Managing Director. Over the next few months we will be keeping you up to date with the developments at Stourbridge House and counting down to its launch. So,…
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Fostering Manager

A Day in the Life of a Fostering Manager

23rd June 2017

Here at Progress Children’s Services, we pride ourselves on our holistic approach to providing a seamless transition for children and young people in the stages between birth and independent living. As a high-quality foster care provider, our team dedicate themselves to our vision of assisting individuals in achieving the best…
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The Magic of Milly

The Magic of Milly

30th May 2017

Progress were thrilled to sponsor the inaugural ball for The Magic of Milly last summer by paying for the hire of Litchfield Cathedral. Thanks to an amazing night, £34,205 was raised for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Did you miss out on last year’s event? Here is a recap of the wonderful…
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Mayor of Derby opens specialist care facility

10th May 2016

A PIONEERING facility dedicated to the care of young adults with acquired brain injuries or complex disabilities opened its doors on Friday April 15, 2016. Specialist care facility. The highly anticipated Nightingale House in the heart of Derby was officially opened by the mayor of the city, Councillor Paul…
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Hub Breaks

Community Based Services – Introducing the HUB

17th January 2015

The Hub is a combination of dedicated services with the sole aim of creating positive outcomes for children and young adults with disabilities. Community based services. The Hub’ provides a central point in the co-ordination  of key services that are community based and accessible to all vulnerable children, young people…
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Nightingale House

NEW Nightingale home to open in Derby during 2015

16th January 2015

Progress Care are pleased to confirm our 7th home, Nightingale House, will open in Derby during 2015. Complex disability care. Dedicated to the care of young adults with acquired brain injuries or complex disabilities, the site based on London Road is currently undergoing extensive renovations to create a luxury home…
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