Hunter winners of Churchill Fellowships

Four Novocastrians are among the 106 recipients of this year’s Churchill Fellowships, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has announced.

MAKING A CHANGE: Jessica Cocks, from Life Without Barriers and Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter, one of the region's recipients of the Churchill Fellowship.

MAKING A CHANGE: Jessica Cocks, from Life Without Barriers and Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter, one of the region's recipients of the Churchill Fellowship.

Three of the recipients – Natasha Perry, Nicole Nathan and Caitlin Weston – are from Hunter New England Health. The fourth, Jessica Cocks, works with Life Without Barriers and is the president of Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter (FISH), a community group.

Ms Cocks said the fellowship would allow her to travel to the US, Canada, Norway and the UK to study ways of improving outcomes for children in foster care and their families.

“It is of particular importance in the Hunter Valley as we have higher rates of children in care than in many other places in NSW,” Ms Cocks said. The fellowships are valued at about $25,000.

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