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Synergy Fostering is an independent fostering agency dedicated to providing safe and nurturing foster placements to Local Authorities for their looked after children through our culturally diverse carers. It is our firm belief that quality support to Foster Carers has a direct bearing on stable successful placements. Aims & Objectives Our commitment to quality is about being focused in meeting the needs of children and working in partnership with all involved in the care of children. The name "Synergy Fostering" was chosen to reflect our belief that working together towards a common goal will deliver a benefit to the child, which is far greater than any one agency could deliver. • We seek to advocate on behalf of children and act in their best interest. • To provide stability to foster children and young people and encourage them to reach their full potential. • We will respect the child or young person's racial, cultural, religious and linguistic background to promote their individual identity. • Careful consideration will be taken about the child's gender, sexuality, disability and the above when matching the child's needs in placement decisions. • Commitment to the recruitment of Foster Carers from diverse backgrounds and skills. • Commitment to provide external and internal training for the development of Foster Carers and Staff Core Values Synergy Fostering believe that holding core values is essential to our work with Looked After Children and our Foster Carers.

• People - We will support the development and training of everyone who is involved within our organisation in order to support the child. • Integrity - It is always our intention to do what we say we will do, and to only commit to actions that we believe we can achieve. • Flexibility - Our service will always be in the best interests of the child. Sometimes we will need to perform in a special way or take actions that are not in our own self interest but in the interests of the child. • Involvement - It is our intention to take an inclusive approach to our work. Involving people in the decisions that we take and at each stage of the plans which we implement. • Safety - The decisions and choices that we make will always be those that are most likely to result in safety of everyone who is involved in our organisation in particular the children in our care. We strive to achieve these values in order to promote the welfare and safety of children to provide a high level of quality care.

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Matika's Marvellous Murals Christine Lester is a talented artist whose work can be seen in restaurants and galleries in Essex and Suffolk. She creates portraits and other paintings on commission in a variety of mediums, with her favourites being watercolours and oils. Her work can be used to commemorate someone in a way that is far more effective and poignant than a photograph. Christine has the artist gene, with her uncle and great uncle on her mothers side having both been portrait artists.Her full time career in art began around a decade ago, she took a diploma in art and design and went from strength to strength. She is now of teaching standard herself. She is also a member of the Society of Feline Artists. She creates pieces ranging from life-like studies of people and animals to more impressionistic views and scenes of everyday life. Her commissioned work can be ordered to a particular size and in any of the mediums she works in, and she will work from photographs. Her commemorative pieces offer comfort and are treasured by their owners, whether they depict a beloved pet or a family member.

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Matika's is a family business, the brain child of son Steve who studied art and wanted to use his talents in a professional arena. His father Dave also has a background in drawing, and they set up the business painting children's wall murals last year. They expanded to produce hand painted converse sneakers and have started designing for businesses. They can bring something unique to each client, whether it's a themed restaurant or a new club, through artistic and original designs for blackboards. Their creative and skilled team will work with clients during every stage of the creative process. This includes drawing an initial draft based on the clients ideas and adding adjustments in colour and design, where requested, during the process of transferring it to the wall, blackboard or even shoe that it is destined for. The client has maximum input and Matika's always offer a friendly and efficient service. Find them online at or look them up on Facebook at for more information.

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PORTRAIT ARTIST Bill Newman creates highly skilled portraits on a variety of subjects. These include families, architecture, cars, pets and Hollywood icons. Preferring to work in pastel because of how the blending capabilities complement and enhance his work, he can create both black and white and colour pieces, depending on the effect you require, and can also work in sepia tones for more nostalgic pieces.

Bill was inspired by watching his sister sketch at a young age, however his 25 year long career as a draughtsman took him away from pursuing art full time. He left his career in 2001 to become a self employed artist and has developed and honed his skills in the twelve years since. His work shows strong technical drawing skills and is influenced by Rembrandt. Bill's celebrated pieces have received acclaim in a number of different arenas, with one piece, his portrait of a young girl, being chosen for Chelsea Art Society's annual exhibition. His work is ideally suited to celebrating past companions, with commemorative portraits immortalising subjects and offering something which continually evokes memories, keeping them close in your thoughts. He also creates handmade frames for highly personal and individual commemorative pieces.

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ABUSEDMETAL Kay Blow is an independent UK artist, best known for her work in distressed steel sculpture. Her relationship with metal began at an early age. Kay’s father and grandfather were both welders so the language, sounds and smells of metal-working were a permanent fixture of her childhood. Kay’s own journey as a sculptor and artist was re-ignited years later by adult evening classes in welding. The strong feelings of coming home to these skills meant she was soon cutting and shaping her own designs.

of the metal expresses permanence but also the passing of time and decay. In her commemorative pieces especially, Kay channels the deep connection we have with people, places, the environment around us and the lives we maintain in our memories. Kay creates new works independently as well as accepting commissions from individual and institutional clients. Her commissioned work is designed to individual specifications and developed through sketches, from photographs and consultations with clients. Kay’s commissioned work can include names and dates, incorporated into each sculpture, highlighting the uniqueness of the piece. All of Kay’s individually designed pieces are hand tempered and finished to the highest standards. The enduring quality of the metal itself and the range of burnished, aged and tarnished finishes allows Kay’s work to be displayed indoors or outdoors, where natural elements add their own finish.

Today, Kay lives in Harlow, Essex, where she creates unique metal sculptures, canvas work, plaques, mobiles, commemorative and other metal ornaments in her garden Kay lives in Harlow with her daughter Aspen and their small workshop. Kay's sculptures range from starkly beautiful life clutch of chickens. You can find Kay and a gallery of her studies to evocative landscapes. She also creates still life artwork online at or call her on studies in a variety of natural forms, in addition to commemorative pieces for loved ones and pets. In all of her pieces, the physical presence, dimensions, texture and finish


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The Brian Gow Roofing Warehouse Customer Care Charter is set out to ensure our customers have confidence in our ability to constantly improve performance • We will endeavour to sell only high quality approved materials. • We will ensure technical data on products is always available. • All COSHH data requests will be emailed on the same day. • We will constantly review our customer care to maintain peak performance and make improvements whenever possible. • We will notify customers of manufacturers price increases on the same day we receive the information. • We will treat all customer enquiries with confidentiality and return them within two trading days. • We will offer impartial options and advice on enquiries. • We will endeavour to resolve complaints within seven working days. • We will listen to our customers needs so we can develop our business around theirs. • If we fail to meet our standards as set out in our Customer Care Charter we will review procedures to remedy the situation.

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