Going in to see the team at EFS is like stepping into a warm bath. Warm and welcoming and it is obvious they care greatly about the children and carers.Foster carer
We are a small team here at Eastern Fostering Services. Between us, we have a wealth of experience which enables us to support our carers skilfully. Our social workers care deeply about the families they support and this is made evident in the stable and successful placements our children enjoy.
You can see what the children think about us by looking at our community page and scrolling to the bottom!
The best thing about working at EFS? Hands down, the fish and chips at the summer beach days! On a serious note, I like that EFS treats carers as part of the team and not a resource, we have a family feel. Children are kept at the heart of all decisions made and their achievements acknowledged. Caseloads are maintained at low levels to enable us to really spend time supporting carers and children.Brendan, Supervising Social Worker
Eleanor is a one off! Famously set on a course for social work after being asked to leave school for “not really fitting the mould”, she quickly knew she wanted to focus on work with children and families. Moreover, with 25 years’ experience in this area and a desire to see children living happy, settled lives, Eleanor is the driving force behind Eastern Fostering Services.
Sarah has over 15 years’ experience in fostering administration support. With her organisational skills and dedication to the children and carers, Sarah is worth her weight in gold. Our carers will tell you the same themselves! Sarah loves the countryside and animals and in her spare time can be found in her garden and going for long walks.
Sandra is our Senior Supervising Social Worker. Indeed she has over 15 years’ experience working with children in residential care and foster carers. She is a highly valued source of wisdom and fostering support to our carers. Having coached ladies’ football for 4 years, these days Sandra prefers to watch from the stands. She is a keen supporter of Ipswich Town. Oh well, nobody’s perfect.
Jo is in her element dicing with danger doing extreme sports. But when she’s not throwing herself out of planes, she puts all her passion into improving the lives of children. To this end, during her career in social work, she has built up 10 years’ experience of working with children, young people and families. Jo is based in Cambridgeshire where she recruits, assesses and supports foster carers.
Veronica has 30 years’ experience in social work and has worked in the fostering sector for 18 of them! Thus, she understands how important it is to recruit and support our dedicated foster carers who do such brilliant work in caring for vulnerable children and young people.
She has two adult sons and likes spending time with family. In her spare time she also enjoys walks in the countryside, drawing and reading and she loves animals. In her youth, she was a bit of a rock chick but these days tends to listen to music at home or in small venues. She still gets the desire to dance sometimes so watch out if you spot her at an event!
Like Eleanor, school was not Brendan’s favourite place and academic work didn’t come easy; the teachers felt they had achieved well just getting him to remain in one seat for any length of time.
Brendan has been a qualified social worker for over 10 years. Prior to that. he worked in a residential setting with young adults with complex needs. His own parents fostered for a number of years and Brendan cites this as a driving force in his own career.
Regrettably, he is not into extreme sports like some of the team and will tell you, “I keep my weight safely above the required limit for sky diving so no fear of me doing that!.” Instead Brendan spends his time with his family and enjoys travelling.
Brendan offers fostering support to our carers in Essex.
Sam first joined the EFS team as a student social worker and we knew she had something special. Following graduation, she worked for Family Support and Protection at a Local Authority before coming back to EFS. Her background is as an Early Years Practitioner, working in a nursery with groups of pre-school children and also one-to-one support and supervision of children with SEN. During her time at the nursery, Sam worked with some children who were under social care and that was what inspired her to pursue a career in social work. Sam always has a house full at home, she is a working mum and step-mum, she is also animal mad and has two dogs – including Dolly, who is a regular feature in the EFS office. Sam rides horses and advocates their therapeutic input for children, so in her ‘spare time’ Sam will typically be outdoors!
Andi has 28 years’ of experience in social work. Originally an approved foster carer for several years, this sparked the desire to become a social worker. Having experience of working in child protection, Children with Disability Team and for the past 18 years returning to her real passion and focussing on fostering. Andi has a real desire to offer quality fostering support to carers, their families and the children they care for.
Definitely not into sport as the rest of the team, yoga is the most extreme exercise she engages with! Enjoys walking her Labrador and spending time with family. With number 10 grandchild due in May, there is never a dull moment.
Yvette has worked for many years in Admin support, mainly in the Insurance world. She worked for 10 years for a Lloyd’s Underwriting Syndicate, in Underwriting Support, ending up as Team Leader.
Due to her love of horses, she took time out, and returned to education to do a degree in Equine Science. After which she pursued a career within the equine field for a while, before returning to the world of insurance.
Since having her daughter she has helped out at the school as an MDA and the rest of her time is spent looking after her daughter as well socialising and exercising.
Rachel originally started her career as a secondary school Geography teacher, focussing mainly on 14-18yrs (GCSE and A-Level teaching). She taught for 9 years at Tendring Technology College and 2 years at Colchester VI Form College. Whilst she thoroughly enjoyed this career, she wanted something more flexible that allowed her to spend more time with her 2 young children whilst remaining in a caring industry that was child-focussed. EFS was the answer!
When she’s not at work she can be found going for long walks in the countryside, running, digging her allotment or running around after her children!
Lucy’s experience lies in working with small companies and helping them grow. Lucy became involved at Eastern Fostering Services as a Panel Member and then started working directly with some of the children offering storymaking sessions (she is also a part-time writer.) Nowadays, Lucy co-ordinates our marketing and recruitment and manages child placements. She is also a foster carer.