On Friday 10th November, Capstone North were pleased to host a small celebration for the carers who had been with the agency for ten years or more!

This was a lovely opportunity to thank all the carers for their commitment to the agency but, more importantly, to the young people they have supported during that time.

All the carers received a card and some flowers to say ‘Thank you’ and we all chatted about ‘old times’ and how they had enjoyed all the years they have spent as carers.

The afternoon was a great opportunity for everyone to reminisce and talk about their successes, sadness – about children who had left them – and joy – for the children they were currently supporting and all their achievements!

Additionally, the agency was also able to acknowledge the services of Jo Kelly and Carole Bell (Senior Supervising Social Workers) who have been with the agency for a combined total of 25 years!

Thanks to everyone who attended for making it a great day of catching up with old friends and colleagues, as well as reflecting on what has been achieved.

 

‘We joined when it was a small premier agency and still feel we’re part of a close knit family and still get the great support from everyone. Fostering to us is challenging, fun and we have great support from Capstone Foster Care’

‘Loved the chance to meet up with the other long standing carers, who we don’t always get chance to meet It was nice to be recognised for the long service and commitment we have made to Capstone I enjoy fostering with Capstone because ALL staff are warm, friendly and supportive.

The training is relevant and well-presented and we feel part of “ the family” that is Capstone’- Jacqui Cummings, carer.

I enjoyed it very much, it was nice seeing people I hadn’t seen for a long time. It was also very nice to know that we are all valued and appreciated. I enjoy working for Capstone, knowing I’m offering a secure and caring home to children with a difficult past to move forward.- Phyllis Aspinal, Carer.


Capstone North recently held a Capstone Carers Catch Up at Frankie and Benny’s in Blackburn.

We had a lovely mix of carers join us on the day including, a young couple, Kim and Pete who started fostering in their 20’s, Janet and Richard Llewellyn who have just been approved, a single male carer, Chris, who transferred to Capstone, and Mariam and Nazir Patel who are just a few weeks into their first fostering placement with us. The mix of carers shows us that becoming a foster carer isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ model.

Linked by the children they foster, Kim and Pete look after the brother of a child looked after by Chris. The support between them highlights exactly what it’s like to be a part of the Capstone family. The friendships made at Capstone through events, training and catch ups enable us all to support each other. For new carers and even those thinking of fostering, these get-togethers are important to settle any fears about fostering!

Social worker Adam D and Recruitment Co-ordinator Adam B enjoyed hearing all of the insightful, flowing conversations and positive honest stories about the carers’ fostering experiences and Capstone.
If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer, or want to find out more information then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Check out our events page to find out when the next meet ups are happening or simply pick up the phone to talk to one of our friendly members of staff.


In 2011 Rebecca came to live with Shahnaz & Muhammed when she was 12 years-old. Rebecca had been in care for several years since the death of her mother when she was eight years old, and previous arrangements to care for Rebecca had broken down.

Rebecca is now 18 and she is remaining with Shahnaz & Muhammed on a ‘staying put’ arrangement. She attends college full time and is currently in her 3rd year studying aviation. Rebecca plans to work at East Midlands airport in the future either in Security or in Immigration. Her long-term aspiration is to work at Heathrow.

Muhammed said: “We feel like she’s our daughter”

Shahnaz said: “I have children from my previous marriage and he has children from his previous marriage, we feel like she is ‘our’ daughter.”

Here’s the video from the BBC programme of Rebecca and her carers:

Muhammed and Shahnaz also foster two other children. Shahnaz continued:

“If you’re a foster carer you’ve got to have in you a nurturing nature, you’ve got to look after a child regardless of race and religion… You’ve got to love that child, you’ve got to protect them and make them safe and secure.” She is a child with her own identity, we are her parents, that does not mean we control her life.

The carers have been supported by their Supervising Social Worker, Varsha Mistry during their fostering journey. The family have recently appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme to celebrate their successful fostering journey. The BBC team explored the matching process of children and carers of different faiths or cultures.

The programme highlighted how Rebecca, a white British young person placed with Pakistani muslim carers, has had her needs met for the last six years by her carers who have supported her through stressful periods like GCSE’s & college.

Rebecca said: “I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for my foster family, I am not considered a foster child in my home I am treated like a part of the family”.

Well done to Rebecca, Shahnaz, Muhammed & the family for your continued support as foster carers from everyone at Capstone Foster Care. Over the previous 11 years you really have made a difference to all the children you’ve supported, and we are grateful for your hard work and dedication.

Muslim fostering

Rebecca and her parents

 


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