John

Early years…

I was brought up in a teacher household, very much loved and cared for in the North of England in Doncaster.  I did okay at school and enjoyed playing the trombone which was really good for me I think and a great hobby.  It gave me one very memorable experience of playing on stage at Doncaster Race Course for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.  Queen Elizabeth was enjoying dinner inside, whilst we played outside in the pouring rain!

Today…

It took me a little while to settle down, but I now live with Carol and we have two children aged 10 and 9.

Work life…

It took me a while to find what I wanted to do – which was social work. I worked in residential care first and then qualified at university.  I’ve worked in local authorities and independent agencies and gradually became a manager and studied management.

I managed a sister organisation as the registered manager for 10 years and I’m now the responsible individual for ACS and also responsible for quality across the group – so a great job because I can work with foster parents and staff.

Faith…

I don’t have a specific faith except my family have a tradition of Quakers but it hasn’t quite made it to me.

But a lot of my values I think are harmonious with faith –  I believe in treating people with respect and dignity for instance and helping others.

Why ACS…

I think ACS is so important to fostering, because different foster parents feel comfortable with different agencies. Active Care Solutions faith based approach fits so well with fostering and is a home for some foster parents who may not otherwise have fostered. And most importantly that means ACS is a home for some young people who may not otherwise have been able to be fostered or had such a good match.

Faces of Fostering…

We highlight the people that make Active Care Solutions so different and so special.  We are proud to be a fostering agency that welcomes people of all faith (including those that are not religious) where your religious needs are respected and understood.  We are an ethnically diverse organisation where people work together with one common goal.  To make a difference for young people in foster care.