Fostering in the North West

Meet the Swiis Team

Foster child on swing

“Anyone thinking of fostering, give Swiis a call. Fantastic agency, excellent training and brilliant support.” Ian, Swiis Foster Carer, North West.

In the heart of the North West

The Swiis North West fostering service was founded in October 2000 and was initially based in Manchester city centre before relocating to Old Trafford Manchester in September 2009. The office is located just two miles from Manchester centre and is serviced well by public transport. The site also has ample free parking for staff and visitors.

Swiis opened an additional office in Lancashire in 2010 which is home to our Lancashire-based foster care support workers. The office is within the attractive St Mary’s Chambers building and is a stone’s throw from Whitaker Park in Rawtenstall.

Who works in the North West?

Management Team

Manchester Foster Care Registered Manager Wendy Keillor

Wendy Keillor
Registered Manager

Wendy has a wealth of experience through various social work settings, including fostering and adoption teams within Local Authorities. As the Registered Manager, Wendy is responsible for the social work team, as well as the overall safeguarding and well-being of all the children and young people placed with carers in the North West.

Oldham Foster Care Deputy Manager Lesley Kershaw

Lesley Kershaw
Deputy Manager

Lesley was a Children’s Social Worker for both Nottinghamshire and Manchester Local Authorities before joining Swiis. Lesley directly supervises the supervising social workers for the Manchester Office and acts as a deputy for the Registered Manager.

Supervising Social Workers

These are the people that offer help and support to our foster carers, meeting periodically to discuss problems, successes and everything in between.

Manchester Fostering Supervising Social Worker Sherry Waugh

Sherry Waugh

Wigan Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Steve White

Stephen White

Blackpool Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Rebecca Marshall

Rebecca Marshall

Bolton Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Bernice Quarshie

Bernice Quarshie

Salford Foster Care Supervising Social Worker Nadia Hashim

Nadia Rennie

Fostering Supervising Social Worker Liaqat Ali Dogar

Liaqat Ali Dogar

Placement Workers

These are the people that offer emotional and practical support to young people, ensuring the safeguarding and smooth running of placement.

Manchester Foster Care Placement Worker Charlie Pare

Charlie Pare

Manchester Foster Care Placement Worker Rachel Hallsworth

Rachel Hallsworth

Health and Education Advisors

The Education workers role is to promote achievement and attainment, continuity of learning and stability in educational placement for children in permanent foster placements. The Health Advisors at Swiis are responsible for monitoring the health needs of children and young people placed with our foster carers. They also liaise with health professionals to ensure all information is available and provides training to carers regarding child health and development.

Rochdale Foster Care Education Advisor Lynne Mackin

Lynne Mackin

Manchester Fostering Health Advisor Linda Cunningham

Linda Cunningham


Administrators at Swiis not only look after the day-to-day requirements of the office, organize foster carer reviews and panel administration, but also act as the first point of contact to our carers and are an integral part of the team in ensuring all our carers are fully supported and very much a part of the Swiis family from the word go.

Liverpool Foster Care Administrator Emily Hare

Emily Hare

Fostering Administrator Jade Porterburns

Jade Porterburns

Support Group 

We hold support groups for carers on a bi-monthly basis, including two ‘Forward Together’ groups. Our ‘Forward Together’ groups give looked after young people aged 13+ a chance to share their experiences of fostering and to join in with activities focussing on developing self-esteem and independence.

Every year we host a fun day for all our carers, children and young people, including a variety of activities and games, as well as a BBQ. We also have an annual Christmas party, open to all carers, children and young people. These events give our carers, their families and the Swiis staff a chance to interact and socialise with each other, as well as sharing their fostering experiences.

Young people who have left Swiis Foster Care are encouraged to stay in touch with us and some go on to help with ‘Moving Forward’ workshops, sharing their experiences with young people about the reality of moving on and living independently.

Areas Covered Include:

Blackpool | Bolton | Blackpool | Bury | Cheshire East | Cheshire West and Chester | Halton | Knowsley | Liverpool | Manchester | Oldham | Rochdale | Salford | Sefton | Stockport | Tameside | Trafford | Warrington | Wirral | Wigan

Training locations

We can adapt to locations and accessibility where necessary for our clients/customers.

Manchester North West Foster Care Swiis
Ofsted Good Provider Manchester Foster Care
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Office Information


15 Warwick Rd
Old Trafford
M16 0QQ


Registered Managers
Deputy Managers
Social Workers
Placement Support Workers
Education Advisors
Health Advisors
Administration Team

Start Your Fostering Journey

With thousands of children coming into foster care in the UK everyday, we urgently need foster carers more than ever.

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Do you know anyone who would be a fantastic foster carer who has the skills and compassion to support a child or young person in need of a loving home?

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