Hundreds of foster families from across the Midlands gathered for a night of entertainment,Alice In Wonderland Leaflet

thanks to the Sponsorship of Capstone Foster Care providing the tickets free of charge, and as part of the sponsorship sold raffle tickets for the Zimbabwe Charity ‘Mother of Peace’.  It was a great opportunity for Capstone Foster Care to support Mel Draper just one of our many talented foster carers and to unite all Foster children/young people from Local Authorities, Schools, Agencies and the wider community.

The reworked Alice In Wonderland entertained and enthralled the audience with song and dance leaving all uplifted.

The Mayor of Oaby presented a cheque for the amount £1170 to The Trustee of the Mother Peace Community Charity Belinder Dade.  This will help to provide food for an orphanage in Zimbabwe.

A big thank you to all who purchased raffle tickets all numbers will be found on Capstone’s face book.

If you missed them on Facebook see below the winning numbers.

  1. 641
  2. 510
  3. 116
  4. 115
  5. 1795
  6. 1723
  7. 030
  8. 048

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Families in Gloucester are being urged to consider becoming foster carers after it is revealed that more than 400 children were referred for fostering in Gloucestershire in past 6 months.

Capstone Foster Care will be holding a fostering information evening at Gloucester Guildhall on 28th February between 4pm-7pm. The event will allow Gloucester residents to find out more about fostering.

471 individual Children and Young People were referred to Capstone for fostering in Gloucestershire in the past 6 months, within this figures 36 sibling groups and 55 parent and child referrals were also seeking foster care. Capstone Foster Care are inviting families that have a spare room, the time and patience to become foster carers to stop by on Tuesday 28th February to find out more information.

Gloucester residents Clive & Bev became approved foster carers in 2013. Clive commented:

“Like any new venture in life we are learning all the time, the varied training offered by Capstone has really helped us and gives the feeling that nothing is out of reach to help and support these young people. Although it’s still early days for us the fostering experience has been an enjoyable and positive one for us and hopefully also for the children we have cared for.”

Steve Hunt, Regional Director at Capstone Foster Care, commented:

“Capstone Foster Care has been based and working across the whole of the South West for the past ten years and has a solid history of making sustainable foster placements where young people make excellent progress. We have worked with Gloucester County Council to provide a variety of placements for young people who they have not been able to find suitable families from within their own resources. We are also in the process of renewing our Tenders with the majority of Local Authorities in the South West, and to enable us to meet the demand for placements will be seeking to recruit and approve more foster carers. We look forward to meeting residents from Gloucestershire, who may be interested in the rewarding job of fostering a young person.”

 About Capstone Foster Care

Founded in 2007, Capstone Foster Care now has more than 140 staff supporting more than 600 carers nationwide. Locally, Capstone has a team at Bristol, which covers the whole of Bristol & Gloucestershire.

We are passionate about the children in our care and believe that all children deserve to live in a safe, stable and secure family environment. This environment allows children to have a sense of security, which enables them to improve their emotional wellbeing.


On Saturday 21st January 2017 young people took part in interviews for the Children & Young People’s Champion posts. Interviews took place in the Dartford and Eastcote offices, with three young people at each office forming a Young People’s Panel.

The young people in Dartford put 5 candidates through their paces, asking some tough questions which included scenarios around support to sustain placements and encouraging children and young people’s participation.

Involving young people in the recruitment process has huge benefits, both for the agency and the young people themselves. Chloe, who has an interview coming up for a place on a college course next week, found it very useful being on the other side of the table, saying ‘This will definitely help me with my experience’.  The junior panel scored candidates on each question and then fed back to the main panel at the end of the process, their scores forming part of the overall final decision.

All the young people said how much they enjoyed taking part and when asked if they would do it again, the answer was a resounding ‘Yes!’.

Seamus Jennings, Regional Director (South East)

 

Kamran is 18, he is a son of a foster carer, and he has recently helped us to interview our Children Champion in London.

“Attending the Children’s Champion Interviews was a great experience and one that I felt was very valuable. This is due to the fact that, not only were the candidates interviewed by Capstone but they were also being interviewed by the people they will be working closely with. What may seem great to one person may been seen as something completely different by another and having a range of people from all walks of life assisting with these interviews really helps to get the best people on board. In terms of sitting on a panel, it allowed me to be on the opposite end for the first time and think differently about the attributes of a great interviewee and this has been an invaluable lesson to help develop my skill set, I can now take this forward with me for when I am attending interviews in the future myself”

Kamran

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