Hi, I’m Kelly Dallow the Registered Manager at TRUE Fostering. My main responsibility is to manage the day-to-day running of the business and support the TRUE team in their roles.
I qualified as a Social Worker in 2012 and have worked in fostering since then. Prior to completing my social work training, I worked as a family support worker supporting foster families. I have worked in statutory settings and the independent sector.
I enjoy spending time with our children and foster families and take every opportunity to attend participation events.
I am an active and energetic individual; I play many competitive sports including netball, kickboxing, and CrossFit. I have also completed numerous running events.
Hi, my name is Caroline Treherne and I am the Office Manager at TRUE Fostering.
I have worked here for a year and a half and I really enjoy being part of this dynamic team and keeping everyone up to date with their administration.
Previously I worked in a secondary school, working alongside the SENCo making sure all the children with special education needs were meeting their educational and emotional targets and were happy in school.
I have two grown up children who have left home but I try and see them as much as I can.
Therapeutic Fostering Manager
Hi, my name is Alison Gregory and I have just started working with TRUE Fostering as a Therapeutic Fostering Manager.
I am excited to be working with the agency and look forward to being part of the exceptional team of foster parents and staff who make such a difference to the children and young people we look after.
I have been a qualified social worker since 1999. Since then, I have worked in local authority settings within safeguarding teams, adoption and fostering moving into independent fostering agencies (IFAs) in 2005. I have been a manager since 2009 and was a Registered Manager of an IFA until 2018. I am very passionate about my role and foster care, contributing to helping young people achieve their best potential.
I have two children and a pet dog who keep me busy. I live in a little village in Shropshire and enjoy walking and cycling.
Child Support Worker
Hello, my name is Nicola Howarth and I am the Child Support Worker for the South West.
I have worked for TRUE Fostering for a year and a half and love my job and the team around me. I feel I get to experience the fun side of fostering as I work directly with our young people, building a close relationship and forming a connection with them. I visit them regularly, and not only am I there to listen and advocate for them, I am there to have some fun with ‘just them’, ‘one-to-one’ which is invaluable.
I am qualified in Health and Social Care, have 3 children of my own and have worked with children in various settings for the past 15 years.
My hobbies include baking, reading, shopping and socialising. I’m also a huge houseplant fan – I have over 40 plants in my lounge alone. I also have 2 dogs and I love to be outdoors as much as possible, always dragging the children and dogs out for picnics, come rain or shine.
Senior Supervising Social Worker
My name is Ruth Mack and I have been with TRUE Fostering since early 2018 as a Senior Supervising Social Worker for the South West. I greatly enjoy working alongside my fostering families and the TRUE team to make a positive difference to our children’s lives and celebrate their accomplishments no matter how small.
I have been a qualified Social Worker since 1997 and since then I have worked in Local Authorities within safeguarding, adoption, post adoption and fostering settings. I have also worked for a large children’s charity as a Senior Therapeutic Social Worker working directly with children and parents for 9 years. During this time, I also worked independently as a Practice Educator in a London University setting, managing, supervising and training large cohorts of Social Work students from 2008 to 2017.
I have 4 adult children aged 30-40 and 2 grandchildren aged 15 and 12 years. My eldest son, now 38, is adopted and joined our family as a fostered child aged 5 years. I became a foster parent in 1986 and finally ‘retired’ in 2006. In my spare time I love to cook lots of food and dance.
Supervising Social Worker
Hello, my name is Amanda Clarke and I am a recently appointed Supervising Social Worker for the East Midlands region.
Previously I have worked for 2 other independent fostering agencies as a senior practitioner for 9 years. I’ve also worked for a local authority in a permanency team making long-term plans for children, and prior to that I worked with safeguarding and assessment teams.
I have also worked in schools with children with special needs as a support worker. My passion in social work is understanding the needs of our children and how to meet these using therapeutic parenting. I am really enjoying working with a team with this underpinning my practice.
I have 4 children from the age of 25 years to 7 years, and a grandson who is 3. In my spare time I run a Beaver Group teaching child the most important things like making s’mores biscuits and I also try to burn these off by attending the gym or going swimming.
Child Support Worker
Hi, I’m Donna Muggridge and I have been working for TRUE Fostering as a Child Support Worker in the East Midlands since December 2019.
I enjoy working for TRUE supporting the families, spending time with the children and being part of a therapeutic team, which feels like a family to make a difference in helping young people’s lives.
I have been working in childcare for around 20 years and have lots of experience in different settings with children with various needs. I have experience of using therapeutic strategies when looking after children that have experienced trauma and have completed several training courses to add to my skills and knowledge.
I live in Nottinghamshire with my husband and daughter and we enjoy walks in the countryside with our 2 cocker spaniels.
Lead Empathic Listener
Hi, I’m Jane Mitchell, the Lead Empathic Listener for True working closely with the Therapeutic Team. My main role in True is to provide support and a safe place for foster parents to talk through their successes, fears, frustrations, or anything else. I work closely with the SSW and CSW of families and together we form a supportive team around the family.
I am the Director of Peer support and advice services at NATP, and I develop resources and training as well as being an author. I have an adopted daughter with complex needs therefore I experience of the many issue’s parents can face. I also delivered training for Inspire Group for some years, and many of you will know me from the Thursday night webinars which NATP instigated as part of the response to COVID 19.
I am known to have an excellent knowledge base across the board, but I am is especially skilled at helping parents of children showing very challenging behaviours to understand and create new strategies and narratives to help manage these.