Pirates, parties, and participation

Anne-Marie's story

May 22 2020

Halloween party

Hi, I’m Anne-Marie and I am a Children and Families Support Worker (CFSW) here in Fostering Hampshire Children’s recruitment and assessment team. Just a few things about me, I have two children aged 18 and 21 and a fur baby called Jasper. My career goes back to 2002 when I started working in a pre-school where I stayed for 11 years before moving on to be part of the management team at a Nursery. With 15 years of early years’ experience behind me, I wanted to try something a little different so joined the children’s centres as a family outreach worker. With the closures of the children’s centres I moved on to become a family support worker with Hampshire County Council working in the community and in May last year joined the fostering recruitment and assessment team.

As part of my role as a CFSW, I am also the Participation Lead for the team. Participation plays a huge part in Children’s Services. We believe children and young people should be listened to and involved in the decisions which affect them, while helping us shape the delivery Hampshire County Council provide. In Hampshire, all children are given the opportunity to participate in decisions that could affect their lives and futures.

For our team, we invite birth children, children looked after and care leavers along to our training which is delivered to Prospective carers who are currently in assessment. This gives prospective carers an insight of what fostering is like for children and young people.

Last year, we organised a Halloween party for Foster carers and their families to get together. Many children came in fancy dress; we had pirates, skeletons and superheroes attend our party and even our team got dressed up including a zombie chef, a couple of witches and even Batman! There were crafts, photo booths, biscuit-decorating and fun had by all.

Some events for this year have had to be postponed for the time being due to the current pandemic, but we hope to run our Halloween party again in October and another get-together at Christmas. Already we have lots of exciting plans in the pipeline for next year, including art and music workshops, summer picnics and a careers event.

Thanks for reading, we hope to see you at one of our many events soon. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to give us a call on 01489 587052.

Take care, Anne-Marie x