Ged has demonstrated a lifelong interest in the welfare of children and young people especially those who fall into the care of Local Authorities. In retirement he is proud that the group of companies that now form the Family Care Group are the main sponsor of the Williamson Children’s Trust. Ged’s sons Andy and Phil now run Family Care Group and are also involved in the workings of the Trust which benefits the young people. Ged also gives some of his time as Patron of another family related charity: the Foundation for Ribble Valley Families.
My name is Fiona and I deal with all the requests for funding that come into the charity. I am the person who will contact you once a request has been received and who will manage the whole process from beginning to end.I have always worked with children, young people and their families. I am the co-founder of another charity called, the Foundation for Ribble Valley Families which supports people with their mental health. I also work for this charity too.I enjoy walking in the countryside and learning Spanish.
I have worked with young people in a variety of care settings since 1983. Whilst these have all been in the residential sector I have also, together with my partner, been a foster carer for a few years. Throughout my career I have always been concerned that once young people leave the care of their last placement at the age of 18, there is often a lack of further support. It is a privilege to be a part of the Williamson Children’s Trust, which aims to redress some of these difficulties faced by the young people that have been looked after by the Family Care Group.
I am the fostering representative within the Trust. My main role is to offer advice around applications from children and young people who are currently in foster care or have left foster care. I am also the Registered Manager for Family Care Fostering. I have worked with children and young people for over 20 years now. I have supported young people in a variety of roles as a professional including leaving care, corporate parenting as well as a fostering social worker and manager. I am a Team Leader for the Prince’s Trust and have led development programmes for young people aged 16 to 25. I started my working career in the Armed Forces before moving to support adults with Mental Health problems before finally moving to services for children and young people.
I am a founder Trustee at WCT. I have a full-time role as Director at Family Care Group, an organisation that runs services for children and young people. I have worked with children and young people for much of my career, starting out as a residential childcare worker, progressing through team leader posts into management and now I oversee all the good work at Family Care Group and the Trust. It’s an absolute privilege to be a part of a charity that works in this way. In addition to all of this my wife and I have been foster carers for over 15 years. Fostering has enhanced our home life and as a large family we have enjoyed looking after children that need a loving place to call home.
I’ve has been a Trustee at WCT since the charity’s inception. I am also a Director at Family Care Group, an organisation that runs services for children and young people. At Family Care we support some wonderful foster carers and we also run our own homes for children, provide therapeutic services and we operate two schools too. In addition to regular meetings with the Board of Trustees, I am also the Treasurer so I have to account for all our spending and income, monitor our bank account and I ensure our details are up to date with the Charities Commission. When I’m not working, I love spending time with Abi my wife and my children Lorna and Nate. I enjoy golf, music, generally being outside and making stone baked pizzas.