Council awards long serving carers for dedication to children

Thirteen families with a combined experience of 250 years of caring for some of Edinburgh’s most vulnerable children are to be awarded tonight.

The event has been organised by the Council as a thank you to carers from Edinburgh and the Lothians. The celebration, to be held at the City Chambers, will recognise carers with more than twenty years service and those who have undertaken extra qualifications as part of their professional development.

City Children & Families Leader Cllr Marilyne MacLaren said:

"I am delighted to be able to thank our carers for the important work they do, day in day out, to make a difference to the lives of some of the city's most vulnerable children.

"It is important that we continue to recognise the dedication of our carers. The job is challenging but the fact that we have so many carers with more than 20 years service is overwhelming evidence of the huge commitment they have to their children.

"We have hundreds of carers who provide an invaluable service but, like any job, people can't do it forever and we continually need more people to come forward.  I would encourage anyone interested to take the next step and get in touch."

Heather Doig, a day carer, is delighted to be recognised for her long service:

"I can't believe it's been 20 years. There have been ups and downs, but on the whole I've thoroughly enjoyed it and the children are like family for me.  I started when my son was three years old. It was meant to be temporary and a bit of company for him, until he started school. That just never happened! I could never give it up.

"It's fantastic, the way the social workers work with you and the support from all the carers - it's like a family unit. The children are all great, I love working with them. It's nice when you see them come in with problems and, bit by bit, it starts smoothing out and they turn into happy wee bairns, with a bit of love and consistency."

Foster carers, day carers, share the carers, respite carers and befrienders will be present and will be  treated to music from Anna McLuckie, a student at the City of Edinburgh Music School.

Anyone interested in finding out more about caring with the City of Edinburgh Council can call free on 0800 174 833 or visit the Council's foster care web pages.

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