Staff across our charity have said a fond farewell to one of our longest-serving employees as our Fostering Manager, Sheila Errington, retires from the charity after more than 24 years’ service.
Sheila joined us in 1999 as Family Centre Manager and went on to work in a number of senior roles supporting children and young people, including Deputy Director then Director of Children’s Services.
Some of Sheila’s most notable achievements include launching a Young Social Entrepreneur fundraising competition for 6th form pupils across the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and she played a key role in saving Sunderland’s Holy Cross nursing home from closure in 2012 when the charity bought the home from Little Sisters of the Poor.
In 2014, Sheila took on the dual role of Director of Care and Deputy Chief Executive, representing our charity at the highest level, including meeting local MP Catherine McKinnell to voice our support for the Living Wage Foundation campaign and champion the unacceptable gap between the cost of delivering quality care and the funding available.
In 2019, Sheila chose to step down to become Registered Manager of our fostering service, Fostering North East, which achieved a rating of Good from Ofsted at its last inspection.
Although Sheila is planning a more relaxed time in her retirement, she will continue to share her expertise in children’s care services and fostering by remaining as a member of our Fostering Panel.
“Sheila will be a huge miss,” said Chief Executive, Nic Gilbert. “There is no doubt our charity has benefited from her hard work and dedication over the years. Her calm and considered approach has been an invaluable asset in navigating some of the many twists and turns we experience as a social care charity. We wish her a well-deserved, long and happy retirement.”