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Safehouses Host Macmillan Coffee Morning
Friday 25th September 2015 @ 16:26 by Tom Greggan
Mossley & Saddleworth News

On a day of Macmillan Coffee Mornings across Tameside, Safehouses Fostering raised £300 at their event, with more donations still to come in!

The Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham, Ateeque Ur-Rehman and Yasmin Toor were in attendance to speak with foster carers and social workers, with the Mayor drawing the raffle at the end of the day.

Jessica Mawdesley, who is a Fostering Recruitment Officer with Safehouses said: “It’s been really successful, we’re really pleased with how many people have come. We’ve raised lots of money.

“It’s really nice to see all our foster carers come together, we’ve got a real supported network and they all live in the local community. It’s nice to see everyone’s faces and enjoy a slice of cake and a cup of coffee, so it’s been great.”

CHEERS: A great time was had by all at Safehouses' Macmillan Coffee Morning

CHEERS: A great time was had by all at Safehouses’ Macmillan Coffee Morning

There was a great atmosphere at the coffee morning, something which Quality Assurance Manager Tony Turner attributed to the family feel of Safehouses. He said: “One of the things about Safehouses Fostering is that our message is all about that family.

“Even though fostering is professional, we’ve got to work along the lines of that it’s a family feel. We want foster carers to come to the building and be part of it. This agency really belongs to them.”

Safehouses Fostering was founded in 1997 by Louise King because she wanted to establish a place different to anything else in the area. She said: “There was a massive need in the Greater Manchester area for looked-after children to find looked after families.

“I felt that so many environments that children go to are very clinical or they’re town centre offices. It’s not very pleasant. It’s traumatic enough to have to come into the care system without having to go to these horrible, high-rise buildings that social services are based in. So I tried to find us a nice environment in the countryside.”

Founder of Safehouses Fostering Louise King with the Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham

Founder of Safehouses Fostering Louise King with the Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham

Safehouses’ beautiful location in Denshaw has helped the company. Louise added: “We’ve got fabulous training facilities, fabulous education facilities, and brilliant opportunities for carers to come in and meet children and the families.

“It has very much a family feel to it which is the whole point of the organisation that I’ve tried to create. I’m very, very proud to say that Safehouses has become a part of this community.”