Capstone Foster Care Blog

Karen Winser made the annual trip to THAT Food bank this Monday on behalf of Capstone. Lin, the Chair, of THAT Foodbank, a Charity who try to alleviate food poverty throughout Teignbridge, requested this year for our staff to provide Christmas themed goods so more family hampers could be created. All our staff were happy to get involved with this worthwhile organisation and were very generous, we donated things like selection boxes, tins of Chocolate, biscuits and Christmas puddings. Lin and her team were overwhelmed with the gifts.

Karen had the chance to have a quick catch up with Lin to see how things had been this past year, she told her, “There has been an increasing number of young men and families coming into the office for help”. Karen asked Lin why did she think this was? Lin replied, “This is mainly due to people not receiving benefits in a timely manner, in some cases it is taking over 3 months! People cannot survive without the service we provide, the kindness of people’s donations and the dedication of the volunteer team who give up their time to help and support the local community”.

On the day Karen visited Lin and her team helped with 13 food packs and 2 home starts! The colder weather and benefit delays are contributing to the hardship.

Lin added “This year we were awarded the Quality Assurance Mark. This was a very prestigious award to achieve”. Capstone are really pleased that Lin and the team have got recognition for all their hard work.

If you would like to find out more about this charity and how you could get involved please visit: https://www.thatfoodbank.com/


Fostering families, children and staff at Capstone North recently got together for their annual outing to the Light Water Valley Theme Park. Families  and staff enjoyed the rides and the group picnic.  The Young People socialised well and went off independently to do rides, but also enjoyed going on with carers and workers too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie one of our Social Workers said ‘The kids loved making me go on the big scary ride, the ultimate – I only did it once and screamed the entire time! My favourite part of the day was the pirate ship – everyone was really brave’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil one of our Foster Carers commented that ‘It was great that the newer foster families attended as the day had been a chance to meet them all’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One our young people D – wasn’t well enough to go on the rides, but is really looking forward to going on everything next year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another one of our young people J – did not enjoy days out with her former Independent Fostering Agency but enjoys our Light water Valley and Panto trips – because they feel like family days, not fostering days out.  She also said her new foster family is her best ever placement.


On Friday 27th October Capstone Foster Care Midlands went to Go Ape in Cannock. We went with a large group of foster carers and our looked after children. After splitting off into junior and adult groups everybody got into their safety harnesses and did a practice run. Then we started climbing up the ladders, across the canopy’s and zip wired down 260 metres through beautiful blue skies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our wonderful foster carers did an amazing job trying to keep up with the children 14 metres in the tree tops! As well as the chief supporters having picnics below in the sunshine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After we’d finished monkeying around, we were all worn out and muddy so we went to collect our certificates and ate our well deserved packed lunches before wandering over to the park.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to everybody who came along and made it a fantastic day out and for being so brave!


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