R&B star Shola Ama joined local community figures last weekend to celebrate the hard work and commitment of local foster carers in Brent at an awards do.
Appearing for free, the singer of the 1997 hit 'You Might Need Somebody' joined the Mayor of Brent, Cllr Parvez Ahmed at the event at the Blue Room, Wembley, for providing nurturing and supportive homes for children and young people who are unable to stay with their birth families.
Eight foster carers were recognised individually for demonstrating resilience and commitment in their fostering roles.
Among them were Mohammed and Misba Hussein. Mr Hussein said: "We were surprised, delighted and so happy to be recognised for all the hard work we have put into fostering over the last 10 years. We are very grateful to staff and our social worker for nominating us for this award. Thank you so much."
Deborah and Norman Reid, who have been fostering for 12 years, also received an award. Ms Reid said: "I was surprised and shocked. I didn't expect to get a reward for something I love doing. I would definitely advise anyone who is thinking about fostering to step forward. It's a challenging but very rewarding role. I will certainly keep on fostering for as long as I can!"
Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Council, said:
"I am delighted to see so many foster carers rewarded for their commitment to helping children and young people in care. Fostering changes people's lives
around and we are very grateful to all of our foster carers who have opened up their hearts and their homes to vulnerable local children and young people.
We urgently require more fosters carers, so if you have experience of working with children and can provide a home for children in need, please contact us. We are keen to recruit more carers like Mohammed and Deborah to help to provide our young people in care with a positive future."
For anyone wanting to find out more about fostering please visit www.brent.gov.uk/fostering or call 020 8937 4538.
Brent also organises regular fostering information sessions and the next event will be held on Thursday 12 January 2017, at 5.45pm at Brent Civic Centre, Wembley.