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South West

My name is Adrian Chappell and I’m the registered manager for the South West .

“We have an energetic and committed staff group who support our carers using a multi-disciplinary approach. We invest in our training and supervision to ensure our carers are fully supported”

A dedicated annual foster carer training programme equips all carers for the task at hand. All our carers also have the opportunity to attend accredited therapeutic training that offers a formal qualification on completion. Monthly foster carer support groups, and regular activities for foster carers and young people, are further support experiences throughout the year.

Our South West service has foster carers from:

  • Gloucestershire
  • Bristol
  • Somerset
  • Swindon
  • and surrounding areas.

While I can give a general description of what it’s like to be a foster carer with Five Rivers, it is much better to let them comment for themselves:

“The support from social workers is good and we feel like we have been welcomed into the local carer community” Glyn and Lorrain, Carer

“After researching many fostering agencies, my husband and I chose Five Rivers for many reasons but mainly for their commitment to their carers. Through Five Rivers we are able to access a vast range of training that can only enhance our abilities” Carer. 

I hope you will be interested in finding out more about joining the Five Rivers family of foster carers. We are recruiting in the region and are particularly interested to hear from anyone living in Bristol, Taunton, Yeovil, Swindon, Cheltenham, Stroud, Gloucester, Birmingham and surrounding areas.

“We judged that your agency is a very good one” and “Children have good relationships with their foster carers. They trust them and are supported to achieve their potential emotionally and educationally and to improve their physical health. Placement stability rates are good compared to the national average, and a third of children are looked after by their carers for two years or more.” Ofsted

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