Cirencester mother Anne Clayton goes the extra mile in her work as a foster carer

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: UNSUNG HERO: Foster mother Anne Clayton, right, is presented with flowers by her fostering social worker Helen Todd and Andrew Parffrey, manager of Jesse’s Bistro where she was treated to lunch UNSUNG HERO: Foster mother Anne Clayton, right, is presented with flowers by her fostering social worker Helen Todd and Andrew Parffrey, manager of Jesse’s Bistro where she was treated to lunch

A CIRENCESTER mother has been singled out for a special treat after going above and beyond in her work as a foster carer.

Anne Clayton has been highlighted by Gloucestershire County Council as a foster carer who has gone the extra mile for children in her care.

A single foster carer for two years, Anne has three daughters of her own who have all left home in recent years.

She is currently fostering a 15-year-old girl who has been in her care for a year.

“I’ve always worked with children and it seemed a natural progression to start fostering,” said Anne.

Together with a friend, who first encouraged her to foster, Anne was treated to lunch courtesy of Jesse’s Bistro.

She was also presented with some flowers by her fostering social worker Helen Todd, who has been on hand to give her advice.

“Anne has the ability to turn things around for the girls she cares for,” said Helen.

“She’s built up a good relationship with them and helped them feel good about themselves.

“Since being with Anne, the girl she is fostering is doing really well at school and has lots of friends. Anne doesn’t think she is doing anything different to other foster carers, but she is.”

GCC cabinet member for vulnerable families councillor Paul McLain said it was hard to highlight a particular carer out of so many dedicated to the role, but felt Anne deserved extra recognition for her commitment to vulnerable children.

For more about fostering, visit: gloucestershire.gov.uk

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