Our aim is to provide foster care placements that replicate the structure of a residential provision, with high levels of day to day therapeutic and behaviour management support. We recognise that being a foster carer to children with a wide range of difficulties can be isolating and at times extremely challenging.
To this end, we aim to provide a wider ‘family’ to ensure that our fostering families have regular planned comfort breaks. The comfort break carers then become key figures in the children’s lives, which expands their support networks for life.
Our Comfort Break carers also receive a generous package which includes:
- Allowances of £129.80 per day, £259.60 for the weekend
- Paid mileage
- Additional birthday and Christmas allowance
- Paid Foster Talk memberships which provides independent advice, legal insurance, tax benefit and NI advice, 24/7 counselling services, max card discounts, free online events, financial advice, and discounted tax return service.
- Paid DBS and medical checks
- Paid access to 130+ online fostering specific training courses
- Fortnightly carer support sessions
- Twice weekly drop-in sessions with a qualified therapist
- Celebration and diversity events
- Planned fortnightly 1:1 time with a qualified therapist
- Telephone advice line
- Group chat forum
- x 3 supervisions per year by a supervising social worker, or as required
Comfort break carers collect children from their school on a Friday afternoon and take them back to their primary carers on a Sunday evening. They also offer overnight stays during school holidays. Our experience shows this has a positive effect on the wellbeing of, and long-term relationships between, our foster carers and our foster children.
Contact us today if you are interested in joining the Evergreen Team!
I have recently attended the pre-approval Skills to Foster Training (July 2020) with Evergreen and i can honestly say that it was really useful. I was nervous at first as i wasn’t 100% sure i wanted to foster but the trainers Louise and Clare really made me feel welcome and at home and they made sure that we had the information we needed to continue with out fostering journey
I have never known a fostering agency provide some much support to their carers and we can’t wait to become part of the team!
I wasn’t sure about fostering but i liked the idea of becoming a respite carer and see how i got on. Following the pre-approval training (July 2020) i have now changed my mind, and i would like to progress to full time. I haven’t know an agency who offers so many different packages.
To all the teachers and other people who helped me.
Thank you for getting me through a school year.
You are the best school and class that I have ever been in. When I first came to school I was a bit shy but I soon realised that you were all welcoming and very understanding. I absolutely love this school and class and I could never have asked for a better family than you guys.
I wish Evergreen existed when I lived at Hopedale because they would have supported me and found me the right family to live with. The staff are great because they listen to what you want, and they understand the problems you have had in your life, then they try to give you ways to cope in the future. I lived at Hopedale for 6 years and I was desperate to move into foster care. I hope this gives other children like me, the opportunities I didn’t have.
I lived at Hopedale for 4 years and then they helped me to move into foster care. At first I was worried about leaving Hopedale, but I still come to the school and get to see my friends, so I’m very happy with how things have turned out. I still meet with the therapist once a week so she can continue to help me with my struggles. I like living in a family again.
Ex- residential pupil
Up until June of this year I had worked with looked after children and care leavers in my capacity as a PA . I have worked with hundreds of children, hundreds of carers, and countless social workers. I was attracted to Evergreen initially as it appeared that everything they were suggesting was truly ground-breaking. My experience was that children began their care experience in
Foster Care and then if things did not go well, they then were put into residential. Evergreen turned everything I had seen on it’s head. No longer were children expected to sit in this setting for years on end. I was so very excited and became more so when I listened to what they had to say. Evergreen truly care about children. They truly want fabulous outcomes for children. I cannot fault their support of us as K’s carers. They listen, they help us find and consider strategies, they support us in meetings and they are vocal in advocating for K consistently. His welfare remains at the heart of everything that they do. I am just so impressed with them and have the utmost respect for their practice.
Tracy (Now Fostering With Evergreen)
As an employee at Hopedale I am very excited to hear that Evergreen will be opening soon. Evergreen will open exciting opportunities for some of the children we have living at Hopedale, they will be given the opportunity to be placed with a foster family who will be equipped with the level of knowledge and share the same amount of love that the staff have here at Hopedale for the children. I am looking forward to seeing the children start their new adventures in life, as they deserve the best.
Employee at Hopedale
When I started working at Hopedale, X was one of the first children that I helped to move in. In the last 3 years I have observed his confidence grow and he has developed hobbies and interests, such as theatre school and dance, which I know X was shy about attending at first. However , Hopedale encouraged him to be himself and now he is thriving and absolutely ready to live in a family. X’s foster carers should look forward to the years ahead.
Currently employee at Hopedale
To everyone who went above and beyond for T.
Thank you so much.
Social Worker of a young person who lived at Hopedale for 5 years
Thank you for taking care of J and supporting his move to his forever family.
Parent of an ex-residential pupil
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