‘The mind-set is refreshing; the value base is all about the children’
(Ofsted report 2016)
Lighthouse Fostering cover the whole of Kent, Medway and East Sussex.
We are looking for carers in Gravesend, Dartford, Maidstone, Medway, Faversham, Isle of Sheppey, Canterbury, Ashford, Dover or any of the surrounding areas, it is so simple to find out more. Just call 01227-250096 email firstname.lastname@example.org, text LIGHTHOUSE to 88802 or alternatively follow the ‘contact us’ link on this website.
Many other agencies have now been taken over by large corporate organisations, whose main aim is to make money for shareholders or pension funds. We believe that this is not the way forward and care passionately about the welfare of the children that we look after.
Lighthouse fostering is a small ‘not for profit’ organisation that was started by foster carers and care leavers. We have an independent advisory board consisting of care leavers and a foster carer representative, these people help to steer the direction Lighthouse Fostering takes and ensure that children and carers are at the heart of all that we do.
Unlike some other large corporate fostering organisations who expect you to do all the travelling. we will ensure that all training is local to you.
Gravesend is located on the South bank of the River Thames, it has several large shopping centres, a bustling commercial centre and two indoor markets. Gravesend has eight secondary schools and over twenty primary schools.
At the bottom of Gravesend High Street stands St George’s church, now an iconic landmark. The church was built in the eighteenth century and it is probably best known for being the site of the grave of the American Indian woman Pocahontas. Pocahontas was married to colonist John Rolfe and was renowned for sparing Captain John Smith’s life.
Canterbury is a popular tourist destination, one of the most visited cities in the United Kingdom. The city has a rich history, it traces its existence to 0 A.D., before Paleolithic times and served as the capital of the Celtic Cantiaci. Canterbury has a plethora of local junior and secondary schools; two railway stations and various transport links. There is a busy and thriving High Street with a host of interesting shops and restaurants.
Maidstone was originally known in Saxon as Maiedes Stana and Maegdan stane meaning stone of the maidens or stone of the people. It is thought that the name may have come from large stones set in the river that were used to rinse clothes away from the banks, where the water was cleaner.
Maidstone sits on the banks of the river Medway and is now a thriving busy town with plenty of shops and restaurants. Maidstone has a host of junior and secondary schools and a large hospital.
Ashford has been a market town since the 13th century. Its name Aescet comes from Old English and means literally a ford near a clump of ash trees.
Medway is a unitary Authority covering the areas of Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham, Rainham and Strood.
The area gets its name from the River Medway which flows from the High Weald in Sussex before emptying into the Thames Estuary near Sheerness (a total of 70 miles).