02 Jan A Message from the Directors
The last twelve months were full of milestones and achievements. Here are some highlights from our directors.
Gary Dawkins, Managing Director:
Throughout 2017, Fusion continued to grow and develop in a positive and honourable fashion. This was thanks to the support of our foster carers, who we see as the most important asset in our organisation as they provide the day-to-day input required for our young people to thrive.
We also began the process of establishing six independent registered offices to provide us with a countrywide service. This will ensure that foster carers receive local support that is high quality, consistent and meets the needs of modern foster families.
Adding to this in 2018, we’re very keen to increase our young people’s participation through the recently created app, Sidekick. This allows the user to find key information and, even more importantly, contribute their views, opinions and ideas to help us continue to evolve as an organisation.
Ron Scurr, Director:
In 2017 we were inspected by Ofsted in three regions, all of which were given a “good” rating. The inspections reported that a real strength of the business is our foster carer training, which is our top priority due to it being integral to every element of a foster family’s journey.
However, we were also told that we’re not always good at shouting about our successes, which is why we’re making big changes this month and throughout the year. These include the redeveloped website, increased social media activity, a weekly blog post, a diverse events calendar, and an exciting e-newsletter that shares ways to get involved. All of this is being overseen by our new Marketing Director, James Ash.
We’re so proud of achieving this Ofsted score across all areas. It’s a mighty challenge due to the government’s understandably high standards, which is why we consider it one of our biggest achievements of last year.
Dave Tucker, Operations Director:
Another main goal was to build relationships with fellow agencies and strong links across the wider support services network. This saw us teaming up with Barnardo’s and Action for Children, as well as inviting a theatre group to present work to carers and children that raised awareness of sexual exploitation of young people and how to combat it.
This community activity ties in nicely with what James will be enhancing during 2018, a large part of which is our upcoming Fusion Festival. This will prove an exciting opportunity for our young people to take an active role in putting on a fun-filled family event. (Spoiler alert: Look out for our new mascot.)
All of this activity couldn’t come at a better time, as the last few months saw us take on new staff, including managers Heather, John and Darren. Together as a team, Fusion Fostering is all set to make 2018 the most interactive and collaborative year yet!
If you’d like to have a chat about fostering, give us a call on 03301 239355 or fill in our contact form. Whether it’s an expression of interest, advice on a particular topic or just a quick question, we’re always happy to help.