BOSSES at Oldham Council have said a big thank you to our foster carers who look after some of the borough’s most vulnerable children and young people.

The council recently held a special celebration night to acknowledge what a "great job" its carers do.

The highlight of the night was when a special award was given to Lynda and Ron Bibby, who have been fostering in the borough more than 30 years.

Lynda said: “We have been fostering for more than three decades and have loved it.

“Don’t get me wrong, fostering is quite challenging and there have been many highs and lows, but overall it has been very rewarding.

“We have fostered all ages from new born babies to young people over 18.

“If you are thinking of fostering, we would definitely recommend it. You will need lots of patience, time, understanding and a big heart to welcome someone into your home.”

Deputy mayor Cllr Jenny Harrison, her consort Cllr Shaid Mushtaq, along with the youth mayor, Samah Khalil, attended the evening at Oldham Event Centre and handed out the awards to the dedicated carers who have given between five and 30 years of support.

Cllr Amanda Chadderton, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “We’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to all our foster carers for the amazing work they do, day in, day out.

“Fostering isn’t just a job, it’s a vocation. Our carers welcome children and young people into their homes and treat them as a member of their family. We are truly grateful to them.”

Oldham Fostering Service says it would like to hear from anyone thinking about becoming a foster carer.

Life experience and personal qualities make all the difference to a child or young person.

Anyone who is a good listener, has a great sense of humour, plenty of energy and always see the bright side of life, you already have the qualities we are looking for.

Applicants need to be over the age of 21, enjoy working with children and have room in your home.

Carers receive a generous support package, including a competitive financial package, extensive support and ongoing training.

Call 0161 770 6600 or go to to find out more.