Social Worker, Jane, shares an update about her photography hobby and some fab photos she has taken:

Hello – I’m Jane Surman and I work as a Supervising Social Worker in the Ringwood Office.  I’m often telling my carers how important it is to ensure they have some time to themselves, so this is what I do in my spare time, when I’m not social working!

I took up photography just a few years ago really for something to do and to get me out and about.  Well it has certainly done that and I have made new friends also through groups that I belong to on Facebook.  I enjoy taking all sorts of photo’s really, usually landscapes, the new forest or flowers and animals.

I started off by learning the basics, and attended a couple of workshops run by the local college, which got me going on the right track.  I then attended some one day hands on tutorials with a local photographer (Chris Button), who runs some excellent forest and coastal days out, and was able to gain someone to one teaching to help me learn the settings and the essentials for beginners.

I started off using a basic bridge camera and now have a Nikon DSLR camera which can link up to my pc and helps me to take  brilliant shots.  I have often been asked ‘what camera do you have, as you take great photo’s’  Well there that’s like saying your oven bakes a great cake! Anyone can learn to take a good picture and you don’t necessarily need an expensive camera to do it.  Many phone camera’s these days are brilliant and most have some editing software on to crop etc. I think one great tip I would give is to consider the background before taking any picture, a great picture of your child can be ruined by items in the background. You can always cut out some background to some extent

I have yet to make any sales on my photos but I am working on it and that is my next step.  I’m in the process of getting some framed up for display and hope to be able to sell some locally at a later date.  I have also entered local small Facebook competitions and entered a local exhibition, with another one coming up in September in Totton whereby I am submitting 2 pieces of work.  I have also had a picture published in the local paper and often send some in for them to use.

Photography is a great way to relax and get out in the sunshine (or under the stars!).  There are some great digital photo magazines out there and some great tutorials on you tube to get you started. So grab your camera or your phone and get snapping.

Water Cress Line

Water Cress Line

The Ventura Leaving southampton (Lepe Country Park)

The Ventura Leaving southampton (Lepe Country Park)

South Bank Skate Park

South Bank Skate Park

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral

Lepe Country Park

Lepe Country Park

Hatchet Pond

Hatchet Pond

Hatchet Pond

Hatchet Pond


Capstone foster carer, Jules, has been carrying out some fantastic voluntary work with her friend Jon Webb in the local community to raise awareness of Dementia. They have become involved in a charity called The Purple Angel Campaign.

Jon’s wife suffers from Dementia, formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at just 55, but having shown signs for a few years prior to this and with Jules being not just a friend to Carrie but someone who is understanding Dementia more and more, and taking Carrie out for trips to provide Jon some respite they realised the importance of people in shops, café’s and so on, they both realised that with a lack of understanding those with Dementia can be treated inappropriately, and of course shouldn’t be.

Jules and Jon have been visiting all the businesses in Westward Ho to promote The Purple Angel Campaign, with a 100% take up. Thanks to their work, Westward Ho is now the first fully dementia aware village in the UK!

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Norman presenting Jules with the Purple Award for supporting those living with Dementia

The Purple Angel Campaign was started by Noman McNamara, what an inspirational man. Although a sufferer of Dementia himself, Norms, as he like to be known, lectures on Dementia, as well as coping with life himself.

If you would like to get involved with this Charity please visit http://www.purpleangel-global.com

Here is a quote from Jules:-

“As a Purple Angel Ambassador for Westward Ho! I realise how rewarding it is, knowing I am making a difference to some of the 850,000 dementia sufferers in the UK, especially as it affects not just the elderly as is often thought”.


On Wednesday 3rd August our first Capstone Summer Event took place at Air Hop (Bristol).  The venue was one of those chosen by the children following a consultation session earlier in the year. We had 19 young people bouncing in total and 16 carers and staff (some of whom also joined the bounce!!) Our party host prepared us for the bounce and made sure we were aware of the health and safety rules of the park before letting everyone loose.

IMG_9325We had an hour of bounce time in which we were able to roam the trampoline park and test out the basketball dunk, foam pit, wipe out and battle beams. We regrouped during our time there and had a private group of dodge ball. The winner of this game won a free ticket to Air Hop in the future
At the end of the session the group enjoyed some well-earned pizza in our private party room
There was a laid back, fun and sociable atmosphere on the day and I feel that we had a good start to the summer activities. We have  already had some positive feedback

“Just to say boys had a great time today thank you Capstone for making this happen even I had a cheeky few jumps whilst assisting little ones of course and big ones” S from Somerset

“We had a fab time it was great” C from Bath

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