Capstone Foster Care News

On Friday 10th November, Capstone North were pleased to host a small celebration for the carers who had been with the agency for ten years or more!

This was a lovely opportunity to thank all the carers for their commitment to the agency but, more importantly, to the young people they have supported during that time.

All the carers received a card and some flowers to say ‘Thank you’ and we all chatted about ‘old times’ and how they had enjoyed all the years they have spent as carers.

The afternoon was a great opportunity for everyone to reminisce and talk about their successes, sadness – about children who had left them – and joy – for the children they were currently supporting and all their achievements!

Additionally, the agency was also able to acknowledge the services of Jo Kelly and Carole Bell (Senior Supervising Social Workers) who have been with the agency for a combined total of 25 years!

Thanks to everyone who attended for making it a great day of catching up with old friends and colleagues, as well as reflecting on what has been achieved.


‘We joined when it was a small premier agency and still feel we’re part of a close knit family and still get the great support from everyone. Fostering to us is challenging, fun and we have great support from Capstone Foster Care’

‘Loved the chance to meet up with the other long standing carers, who we don’t always get chance to meet It was nice to be recognised for the long service and commitment we have made to Capstone I enjoy fostering with Capstone because ALL staff are warm, friendly and supportive.

The training is relevant and well-presented and we feel part of “ the family” that is Capstone’- Jacqui Cummings, carer.

I enjoyed it very much, it was nice seeing people I hadn’t seen for a long time. It was also very nice to know that we are all valued and appreciated. I enjoy working for Capstone, knowing I’m offering a secure and caring home to children with a difficult past to move forward.- Phyllis Aspinal, Carer.

Capstone North recently held a Capstone Carers Catch Up at Frankie and Benny’s in Blackburn.

We had a lovely mix of carers join us on the day including, a young couple, Kim and Pete who started fostering in their 20’s, Janet and Richard Llewellyn who have just been approved, a single male carer, Chris, who transferred to Capstone, and Mariam and Nazir Patel who are just a few weeks into their first fostering placement with us. The mix of carers shows us that becoming a foster carer isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ model.

Linked by the children they foster, Kim and Pete look after the brother of a child looked after by Chris. The support between them highlights exactly what it’s like to be a part of the Capstone family. The friendships made at Capstone through events, training and catch ups enable us all to support each other. For new carers and even those thinking of fostering, these get-togethers are important to settle any fears about fostering!

Social worker Adam D and Recruitment Co-ordinator Adam B enjoyed hearing all of the insightful, flowing conversations and positive honest stories about the carers’ fostering experiences and Capstone.
If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer, or want to find out more information then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Check out our events page to find out when the next meet ups are happening or simply pick up the phone to talk to one of our friendly members of staff.

Social Worker Alison from Capstone South West is running the Sierra Leone Marathon in May for Street Child. She is hoping to raise over £1000! Click here for Ali’s sponsor page. Here’s her story in her own words!

I am turning 40 this year and wanted to complete my first marathon somewhere special! When I read about Street Child, I knew that I had found something special. I was inspired by the work of Street Child and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in the Sierra Leone Marathon 2018. The money raised on my page will go towards providing a child with education, school uniform as well as training teachers. Very excitingly, Street Child are in the middle of our Right to Learn Appeal which means that everything we fundraise between now and 15th February will be doubled by the UK Government; For example, a donation of £30 is enough to send a child to school for a year, whereas a £50 donation with match funding can supply a whole school with their teaching resources for a year.

Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘Give Now’ button (follow the link below).

A massive Thank you to Capstone for supporting me to do this. Keep up to date with my training and photos on my Just Giving page.

I will also be doing a pre-marathon practice run on Sunday the 6th of May along Bournemouth beach. So if you fancy a sunny day out, come join, it would be amazing to have your support. Don’t forget spread the word. 😊   

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