Excel Fostering have been making brighter tomorrows for children and young people for over 10 years.
At Excel Fostering we have nearly 100 foster carers. In partnership with our expert team of staff, we have recently been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. This is a testament to our staff and carers and, the great work they do together in helping children and young people.
With over 14,500 children in care across the North West, we work with local authorities, from Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Borough Council to Cumbria County Council and Warrington Borough Council to place children with our foster families to provide a secure, loving and stable home.
When you join the Excel family, our foster carers are supported with expert advice and guidance as well as training and support, 24/7 365 days.
As a foster carer, you and family have access to support groups which provides you with the opportunity to meet with other Excel foster carers and forge strong bonds with like-minded people.
We also have time for fun! Whether it’s meeting in the local park, visiting a zoo or spending the day at the theme park - be assured we always make time to spend with our family.
Recruitment of new foster carers ensure that there is timely follow-up, induction, support and training.
A newly introduced buddying system, alongside formal staff support, enhances new foster carers’ experiences.
I can’t praise Excel Fostering enough and I am so thankful to the team. I couldn’t do this job without the support, no chance.
Excel get better and better and more professionals are joining the team which means they can offer more support within different areas, for example, my foster daughter now has a support worker.
I started my career in 1981 having trained as a teacher and became a social worker initially by accident. I have worked in the local authority for 34 years before joining the agency working briefly with the elderly but predominantly with children and families in various districts of Lancashire.
I’ve been a frontline social worker for children in need, on child protection plans and for those who are looked after. I’ve also been a supervising social worker before managing both services and then becoming a senior manager.
I planned to retire when I left the local authority but missed the pleasure and excitement of working with children and families. I feel fortunate to be able to work with an agency that really wants to support carers and help children achieve their aspirations. So here I am still feeling every day is a school day, full of exciting things to learn and wonderful people to meet.
I am the Fostering Recruitment Advisor here at Excel Fostering. If you enquire about fostering with Excel I am usually the first person you will speak to.
I started work for Excel in January 2019, bringing with me many years of fostering recruitment and marketing experience.
You will most probably see me out and about at our recruitment events throughout the year. I love meeting people from all walks of life and learning about their experiences.
If you have thought about fostering or just want some more information, I would love to hear from you.
I manage referrals from our local authorities. My role is to match the incoming referrals with our available carers.
I work closely with the duty social worker to make sure we find the best possible match for both the carer and the young person. I have a strong working relationship with our local authorities, carers and colleagues along with a strong commitment to our young people.
I have been with the company since April 2014 and have also undertaken various administration tasks within the agency.
Outside of work, I enjoy socialising with my family and friends, and I have also been a Cub leader for 13 years.
I work alongside Mandy on referrals; working with our local authorities, Social Workers and Carers to find the best possible matches.
I started working for the company in October 2020 (during the pandemic!) with a background of working in the NHS.
Outside of work, I run competitions which sends young girls and ladies to the USA representing the UK in areas such as dancing, acting, modelling and public speaking. We also have a strong charity involvement and over the years have raised over £30,000 for various charities.