Caring couple recognised by Waltham Forest Council for services to children and young people

By Rudi Abdallah in Local People

FOSTER carers in Waltham Forest were recognised for their altruism in an awards ceremony.

Carers like couple Pauline Cole, 61, and Peter Filmer, 65, were recognised for their service to children and young people at the Foster Carer Awards 2017.

Pauline, who received the Supporting Educational Attainment award said: “We began fostering because it was something we had always wanted to do. When our children were older and we had space at home we felt it was the right time to do it. We are very pleased with our award and believe that education is very important.”

The couple, who have cared for children long-term since September 2007, also looked after more than 80 young people in their role as emergency out-of-hours carers.

Awards were also given out in the categories of Long Service, Carer of the Year, the winner being chosen by a fostered young person, and Managing Transitions.

Councillor Grace Williams, cabinet member for Children and Young People said: “It was humbling to hear the different stories and experiences of our fantastic foster carers at the awards ceremony. They have clearly made an immeasurable difference to the lives of so many of our young people.

“They really are an absolute credit to Waltham Forest, and we want them to know just how much we value their commitment and compassion,” she added.

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