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Ofsted publish ‘outstanding’ results for South East based fostering agency

We are pleased to see that Orange Grove Foster care have achieved ‘outstanding’ results for their South East office, following an official inspection from Ofsted, the independent watchdog.

Orange Grove provides fostering services in and around Kent, West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire.

The fostering agency is responsible for respite, emergency and long and short-term fostering placements for over 65 children.

It was praised by inspectors for ‘providing highly effective services that consistently exceed the standards of good and contribute to significantly improved outcomes and positive experiences for children and young people’.

Ofsted commented: “Foster carers and staff have high aspirations for the children in their care. Attendance and engagement in education are actively promoted and all children are making progress. Children are also given opportunities to experience things that they may not have done before.”

Orange Grove Foster care was previously rated as ‘Good’ in February 2016, and since this time, managers have strived to excel and inspire a culture where all staff and carers aspire to be the best.

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Place Partnership donate flowers to help Muddy Boots flourish again following burglary

Place Partnership, in conjunction with the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, have donated dozens of flowers to help a Community Interest Company get back on its feet following a burglary.

Muddy Boots Ground Care CIC, a charity that regularly supports 16 people with learning disabilities and mental health, had more than £5,000 worth of gardening tools and equipment taken during a raid on their base in Stourport recently.

Upon hearing this, Place Partnership liaised with the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and decided that he wanted to donate the flowers in order that Muddy Boots could sell them and put the proceeds towards replacing the equipment.

The perennial flowers, including Helebore's, Agapanthus, Liriope and Kaffir Lilly to name but a few, had been grown by Place Partnership Head Gardener Stuart Reading at Hindlip Hall and will be sold for 50p - £4 at the Muddy Boots base at Leapgate Farm, Stourport on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9am-3pm.

 Lesley Tite of Muddy Boots CIC said:

"We have been overwhelmed by the messages of support from the public and our followers, the theft of our equipment has been a massive blow and our service users have been upset by the whole experience and struggle to understand why someone would want to do this. 

“Sincere thanks to Place Partnership and the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner for the donation of these beautiful plants for us to sell to raise much needed funds, we are currently raising funds to replace our vehicle but this may have to be temporarily suspended now."

 Place Partnership Managing Director, Andrew Pollard added:

Muddy Boots CIC does some brilliant work in its local community and when we learned that their store room had been broken into and equipment stolen, we were very keen to help in any way we could. I am really pleased that, with the support of the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, we were able to enable the team to raise some valuable funds for new equipment. Hopefully this will get them back out working as soon as possible.

John Campion, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, also said: “After hearing that someone was heartless enough to steal from a charity, I was more than happy to donate some plants that would go some way to helping this team get back on their feet. They carry out invaluable work helping those that are most vulnerable, so I wish them luck in raising the money.”