All staff who work for Fostering Changes Life hold a range of appropriately recognised qualifications dependent on their specific role or field of expertise such as DiPsw, Diploma/Certificate in Management, NVQ Level 3 CCYP and that all social worker staff are registered with Social Work England.
Fostering Changes Life employs a variety of individuals who have a wealth of social work, management, teaching, administration, ex fostering and technical experience. All staff receive regular support, supervision and training including DDBS checks.
My name is Shirley McGaffin, I have been a social worker for forty years and have worked with people in all kinds of circumstances. My experience in recent years has been within fostering supporting families to meet the needs of the children they care for. Fostering supports children and young people to achieve the best outcomes, I feel my skills help to support this process as much as possible. I really enjoy swimming and have been to my local swimming pool as often as I can since my local pool re-opened in a covid secure way. My favourite colour is purple which I love to accessorise with!
My name is Raymond Porter, my background has taken me on a few different career paths from being in the Military trained as a mechanic for the REME, to working in the construction industry in Germany. I then went on to open my own taxi company; Harveys Transport specialising in the transportation of vulnerable children. This sparked conversation with my wife on how we could help other vulnerable children which led to our decision to foster. Most recently, we have launched a new fostering agency; Fostering Changes Life.
Supervising Social Worker
My name is Conor Porter and I am a Supervising Social Worker for Fostering Changes Life, I have been a qualified Social Worker for just over one year. I am passionate about my job, my role in society and the intricacies involved in the world of Social Care. Many children find themselves in unfortunate and difficult circumstance and I believe that a caring, empathetic and nurturing approach to working with them can help shape their lives and future. I am committed to my professional development and believe in constantly learning through training and having an open perspective to different opinions and views from our children, young people, foster carers and professionals. Aside from work, I have been fortunate enough to be able to play professional basketball for the Manchester Giants and semi-professional football for Bacup Borough.
Supervising Social Worker
My name is Michelle Partington, I have over 30 years’ experience of working in social care with children and families from various backgrounds. I have had experience of working with children in various settings including residential settings, secure settings, and in field social work. I qualified as a social worker in 2007 and completed my degree at Salford university. As a qualified social worker, I managed a youth justice provision before beginning my journey in fostering over 7 years ago. I have experience of assessing and supporting foster carers in fostering as a supervising social worker in 2014. As a Supervising social worker, I work with foster carers in their roles providing supervision and support to enable them to manage children placed and ensure the best outcomes for both the foster carer and the child. I have had personal experience of being part of a fostering family where I have seen the success and rewards that fostering can bring. In my personal time I enjoy being outdoors and can often be found at weekends camping and walking in the countryside with my dog.
Administrator and Compliance
My name is Chantelle Haworth i have worked in Social Care all of my working life and really enjoy to see the development of young people. My main responsibilities are administrator and compliance. I went to Manchester University and completed a 3 year Law LLB Hons degree, within this time I worked as a volunteer at a women’s refuge and the homeless, this really opened my eyes and i decided that i would try to make a difference. Following this I began my career as a leaving care support worker where i worked for a number of years, this then sparked my interest in this industry as I then obtained my degree as a Social Worker in 2020.
My name is Suzanne Porter and I have been involved in fostering all of my life, my first fostering experience was when my parents fostered throughout my childhood. I had started my working life as a broker, underwriter and financial advisor. Later in life whilst I had my own young family, I retrained as a driving instructor (DOTADI) and my business worked with Connections, training young people and helping them attain key skills in life through driving. I really enjoyed this work as it gave me a real sense of wellbeing, knowing that I was helping young people who otherwise may have struggled. As we were settled in life and work, my husband and I then made the decision to foster and welcomed three long term placements and various respite placements over a course of 4/5 years. Following this I knew I wanted to continue to follow my passion in the care sector and in an administrator role.
My name is Austin Haworth I am an administrator and a part of the marketing development team for Fostering Changes Life. I have worked in many capacities within an office role over my career starting at the age of 18 working as a Management Trainee as well as being a qualified football coach. I believe that my main strengths are being organized within my work and being conscientious with everyone i come across. I am very passionate and care about the development of young people. In the last 3 years my job role has been supporting care leavers which I thoroughly enjoyed and now I am looking forward to bringing my experiences and knowledge that I have gained into this role.