People in and around Lewisham are being urged to consider becoming foster carers so that children and young people in care can remain in their local community.

Capstone Foster Care will be holding a fostering information event at The Glass Mill Leisure Centre on Saturday 18th March 2017 between 12pm and 6pm.

The event will allow Lewisham residents and visitors to the borough to find out more about fostering.

264 children and young people were referred to Capstone for fostering in Lewisham in the past 6 months, and this included 40 groups of brothers and sisters who needed to be kept together. We also received requests for a parent and child to be placed together in a foster home.

Capstone Foster Care is inviting people that have a spare bedroom and are interested in fostering to stop by for a chat on Saturday 18th March 2017 to get more information. We’ll be delighted to see you and happy to answer any questions you ask.

 

Here’s what some Capstone foster carers say:

“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. The fostering experience has been an enjoyable and positive one for us and hopefully also for the children we have cared for.”

 

Seamus Jennings, Regional Director at Capstone Foster Care South East,

“Capstone Foster Care has an impressive record and reputation of young people making great progress with our foster carers. We provide foster carers with the necessary training and support and guidance but it’s their commitment and care which really makes the difference and changes the lives of young people beyond recognition. Please come and join our team!”       

About Capstone Foster Care

Founded in 2007, Capstone Foster Care now has more than 140 staff supporting more than 600 foster carers nationwide. Locally, Capstone has a team at Dartford covering South London and further afield.

We are passionate about the children and young people in our care and believe that they all deserve to live in a safe, stable and secure family environment. This allows them to thrive and flourish, and to reach their potential – often exceeding expectations!


Capstone Foster Care South East held its Foster Carer New Year & Awards Party at the Tower Hotel (on the bank of the Thames with fabulous views of the river and Tower Bridge) on 27 January 2017. This was the 5th time we had celebrated at the Tower Hotel.

For the 150+ foster carers and Capstone staff in attendance it was a memorable evening with a wonderfully relaxed and celebratory atmosphere, great food, and music that had everyone dancing the night away.

We were especially pleased to have Richard Compton-Burnett, CEO, and Alison Sargent, Group Operations Director, join us and give their support. Richard’s thank you to the foster carers for all their commitment, and hard work in providing such excellent care and supporting children and young people to achieve such brilliant outcomes, was greatly appreciated.

The highlight of the evening was Richard presenting awards to foster carers for long and loyal service (10+ years) and for making a contribution over and above for the young people they are looking after. As none of the foster carers knew they were going to receive an award, it was a fantastic surprise!

Well done and congratulations to Rizwana and Lloyd, Zufan and Tesfay, Meron and Sammy, Kelly and Victor, Kelly and Jason, and Sharon and David.

Many thanks to John Pilcher SSW who was our roving photographer for the evening, and to Mary Wheeler (Office Coordinator at Dartford office) without whom none of it would have happened and who worked tirelessly to make sure it was a huge success.

Sharon & David


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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