Hayley-at-Cannock-225x300If you went down to the  woods on Friday 29th May…… you’d have found a big group of carers, staff and children having a lot of fun!  Despite the awful weather to start, the day was huge success; with the overwhelming feedback being very positive.  Children and adults alike had the chance to toast marshmallows, search for tadpoles and have fun on the adventure playground. The den building in particular brought out the inner child in everyone and got particularly competitive at times!

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A massive “thank you” goes out to David Cuming-Bailey (foster carer) and our friends at the Forestry Commission for making the day such a positive one.  The feedback on the day will be used to ensure that we are listening to how we can continue to support foster children, as well as foster carers and their families. Suggestions of ideas for future events are welcomed.

Senior Practitioner Alison Tasker organised the event and said, “We’re looking forward to the next get-together.  It was great to see people making new friends and catching up others.”

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Brokerswood-4-for-web-300x273Fostering families from Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire came together to enjoy a family day out at Brokerswood Country Park.

The event was organized as part of the ‘ Head, Heart, Hands,’ Social Pedagogy programme. Young people were invited by Capstone Foster Care to choose their preferred event. The Country Park with its outdoor activities was a clear favourite.

A group of 35 young people and grown ups had a chance to spend the day together and build new friendships. They worked in teams and tested their skills on a number of outdoor activities including, zip wires, tree top walking, climbing, archery and canoeing. There was also time to go on a treasure hunt in the woods and feed the ducks.

The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed a delicious barbeque lunch before the afternoon fun commenced. Everyone got involved in the activities, either by taking on the challenges or cheering others on.

Before the day came to an end, the group reflected on the outcomes of the day. Many had overcome their own fears and took more risks than they expected to. It was evident that the group were very proud of their achievements. Thanks to the Wiltshire Outdoor Learning team, the group were able to explore activities suitable to their age and abilities. The fostering family day out left the group exhausted, but with big smiles on their faces.

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