Capstone Foster Care Blog

Hayley Bancroft and Jo Kelly have been holding a three week girls group to promote positive self-esteem, body image and healthy relationships.

The aims of each session changed slightly to suit the needs of the young people that attended. 4 young girls have attended each week.

The weeks was broken down as follows:
Week 1- Ice Breakers, work around Hayley getting to know them, Self-esteem, your own personal shield. The things that were important to help them feel safe.
Week 2- Their home environment and what people contribute positively around them towards their self-esteem.
Week 3- What you should wear on a date, they also made pizza and cakes as a treat and also decided to do make overs.









One of the young people T said ‘It’s been better than I thought it would be’ another young person ‘ asked can we meet every week?’

Hayley and Jo said ‘ it was a great success and it was nice to see the young people interacting positively with each other’

The group was a success and the young people have decided to meet every 8 weeks. Capstone North will be also looking at holding a boys group and then also a mixed young people group

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:

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.

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