Councillor Sara Bolton, Cabinet Member for Safeguarding, Children and Young People, and the Mayor of Derby Councillor Linda Winter, have today hosted a Christmas afternoon tea for Derby City Council foster carers.

It was an opportunity for both Councillors to personally thank foster carers living in the local community who have looked after the City’s most vulnerable children and young people over a number of years.  It was not only an ideal time to celebrate Christmas with them but also to celebrate all the happy homes that have been maintained and created over the last year.  The children will no doubt be looking forward to a Christmas morning full of presents, but this event celebrated the greatest gift of all – providing warm, secure and loving homes that have helped to transform lives.

Councillor Sara Bolton said “Our foster carers are a wonderful group of people whose tireless energy, dedication, compassion and hard work has meant that some of the  City’s most vulnerable young people are given the love and support they desperately need.  They recognise the importance of family life and the positive impact it has on young people who are learning about the world and where they fit in. Derby City Council is very proud of their efforts in making a real difference to the lives of children and young people in our communities and is honoured to be celebrating not only Christmas with them, but their admirable commitment in helping young people gain a better start in life”.

Councillor Linda Winter said “It was an excellent opportunity to convey our personal gratitude.  Christmas is all about children and it was a very befitting occasion to be thanking our Foster Carers for making this time of year and every day of the year a better place for our children to grow and flourish”.