The commitment and dedication of Reading’s foster carers was celebrated at a special award ceremony on Thursday (20 October).

Seventy-seven foster carers attended the event at Brown’s restaurant in The Oracle which was hosted by Brighter Futures for Children’s (BFfC) independent fostering agency.

The meal and ceremony are held every year as a thank you to BFfC’s foster carers who do so much for our children looked after in Reading.

Sinead Gibson receiving a certificate and voucher for 15 years foster care from Deputy Mayor Cllr Debs Edwards.

Deputy Mayor of Reading Cllr Debs Edwards attended the evening and presented certificates to new and experienced foster carers. Certificates were handed to foster carers who had recently completed their training, support and development (TSD) standards, as well as those who had completed five, 10 and 15 years in their roles.

There were also awards for individuals and couples for their outstanding contributions to fostering, nominated by the children’s social workers and Independent Reviewing Officers.

One couple were recognised for the love, warmth and unswerving support they have given to a child in their care who is living with them under a long-term arrangement. Another couple were awarded for their dedicated and diligent care of a child who had profound health issues when they went into their care.

First place went to a foster carer who has gone above and beyond supporting the child in her care, including maintaining connections with the child’s sibling and birth parents.

Nigel & Sherri Ward receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Fostering Award from Maria Young, BFfC Director of Children’s Social Care. 

Maria Young, BFfC Director of Children’s Social Care, who attended the evening said: “It was such a privilege to have so many of our amazing foster carers together to celebrate the wonderful work they do.

“It was incredible to hear their stories and witness the passion they have for caring for our children and young people.

“From foster carers who were just starting out to those who were celebrating 15 years, and others who have made outstanding contributions, they all deserve a massive thank you.”

If you are interested in joining Reading’s community of foster carers, BFfC’s Fostering agency is keen to hear from you.

We are looking for local people to care for local children so they can stay close to family and friends. Please visit:, email: or phone: 0118 469 3020.

BFfC’s Fostering service is an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ provider which operates as a not-for-profit agency on behalf of Reading Borough Council.