About Us

The IWGB Union is a highly organised, motivated and democratic organisation with fresh ideas, enthusiasm and strong principles which punches well above its weight considering it’s size.

The IWGB Foster Care Workers Branch is a dynamic and lively branch of the IWGB which empowers you to join together with other foster carers, take action and to bring about real change in how foster carers are viewed and treated. 

It is growing daily and is totally focused on workers in the gig economy: workers just like you and fellow foster carers who are technically self-employed and therefore enjoy no employment rights.  The fear of working in precarious environments, with the constant threat of being put to one side without any compensation is very real. 

Your work is often highly prescribed and closely supervised, but there is no legal requirement for those you work for to offer you any protection.  As local government spending continues to be constantly squeezed (particularly post-Covid-19), you will continue to face ever more exploitative and unsafe work conditions without organised pressure by you and thousands of your fellow carers. 

Contact Us

IWGB London Office

Room 1, St Margaret’s House
15 Old Ford Road
E2 9PJ

Phone: +44 2035 383 720

FCW Branch

Email: fostersupport@iwgb.co.uk
Message us: via Facebook

Naomi Hodges – Branch Coordinator: naomihodges@iwgb.co.uk

To open a case with the union’s Legal Department, please use the online form.

For press enquiries contact

Email: press@iwgb.co.uk

Your Branch Committee

Chair – Kenny Millard

I’ve been fostering with my partner Alice for over 20 years.  We live in an old restored house in the outskirts of Glasgow and have experienced in many of the challenges that foster carers face. I am passionate in my commitment to obtain better treatment, rights and protection for all foster carers. Previously to taking on the role of Branch Chair I was Vice-Chair for Scotland and Northern Ireland for a number of years. My other interests and pursuits are; bee keeping; tai chi; antiques and hillwalking

Vice Chair – Melanie Smith


Treasurer – Bruce McDowall

Communications Co-Ordinator

Women’s Officer

BAME Officer – Sharon Anderson

IT Officer – Colin Smith

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