Capstone Foster Care Blog

I was thrilled to have 15 of our Dartford Looked after children join myself, Sandy and Kirsten for a fun afternoon during half term last week. The young people enjoyed playing games of bouncy dodge ball, an interactive climbing wall and battling each other and us staff on the gladiator beam! We finished of our afternoon of fun with a yummy lunch together at gourmet burger kitchen which included plenty of ice cream for dessert!!

I want to thank our fabulous foster carers for bringing the children along to enjoy the day and most of all to the young people for keeping us adults entertained all afternoon with your awesome personalities and bundles of energy!!

Until next time! See you soon…………Lara x


We said goodbye to Deb L on Friday. Deb’s said “The last 18 months at Capstone have been great. During my time at Capstone I have met some amazing, caring staff members and fabulous carers.

Capstone staff genuinely care which is the key to finding caring and compassionate foster carers. I personally will miss all of my colleagues especially my team:

  • Ally who was my right hand
  • Debi who loves my tea
  • Manisha who is the private investigator of the office
  • Emma who says it as it is
  • Sunjay high up in the running for best dressed
  • Kelly and her excitable, fun personality!
  • James who eats everything in sight
  • Jodie best new comer
  • Thank you to Sara and Alison for giving me the opportunity to join the Capstone Family.

Capstone Midlands add smiles and laughter to the office, even throughout the hard times of the fostering industry. The staff maintain professionalism and great work ethics at all times. Carers, keep up the inspiring work that you do making a difference and changing lives.

As one chapter closes another one opens.

Farewell…

 

 


Community Psychiatric Nurse, Team Leader – Georgina Cadby-Fisher, who has been working in mental health for 3 years has written an advice piece on how to spot the signs and provide support to somebody who is self-harming.

Georgina Cadby Fisher

What is self-harm?

So what do we mean by Self-harm? Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences that feel out of control. It can be the thing people turn to when they feel they have no other option.

Signs of potential self-harm:

There are not always obvious signs that somebody close to you may have begun self harming. But there are some signs you can look out for:

  • Unexplained cuts, bruises or burns
  • Wearing more clothing than usual to cover any evidence of self harm
  • Changes in eating or becoming secretive/obsessive about eating
  • Unusual weight loss or weight gain

So why do people self-harm?

There are many reasons people self-harm, such as being bullied, stress, bereavement, experiencing a form of abuse whether that’s sexual, physical or emotional.

  • If people are angry, self-harming can be a form of release of pent up anger or emotion
  • Self-harm can be a form of control for people if they feel they have no control over other aspects of their life
  • It can be for psychological reasons such as hearing voices that tell them to do it

Advice for people living with somebody that self-harms

Living with somebody or watching people close to you self harm can be difficult and distressing but there are things you can do to help:


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