We are delighted to tell you we have arranged a Costco membership for all foster carers and staff within the Capstone Foster Care Group.  This will give you significant benefits as a ‘Trade’ member.

Costco has 24 stores throughout England, 3 stores in Scotland and 1 in Wales.  All are open 7 days per week and sell almost everything you might wish to buy at significantly lower prices than offered in normal retail shops.  They regularly issue SAVINGS offer booklets at different periods throughout the year.  A further bonus… bigger savings!

Checkout www.costco.co.uk and be surprised by the range of what you can buy there.  You may be able to save several hundred pounds each year from your visits to Costco.

Here are foster carer friends Julian and Shauna making the most of their membership!



Care Leavers Group, Bowling and trampolining!

In July we held a Care Leavers Group activity, where three young people met a Care Leaver, Bardhyl, who spoke about his life, how he found it challenging moving to the UK, where he spoke no English. Bardhyl found playing sport enabled him to become part of a group, where he developed his English language and social skills. After a Pizza lunch, the young people created and decorated a working clock, mobile phone numbers were exchanged and they all left together, heading for the station, chatting away. S stated “I enjoyed the workshop because I interacted with people who I can relate too”

At the start of the summer holidays, we headed to the MFA Bowling Alley, Luton, with eleven young people and nine carers, we enjoyed a game of bowling followed by lunch. E commented “we all played together, had a good time and met new people”.

Next, we were in Croydon at the Oxygen Trampoline Park, with six young people and four carers. One carer took three buses to get to the venue and her young person had never been on a trampoline before, what a fantastic new experience! H said  “I enjoyed the activity and it allowed me to meet new people, who I will keep in touch with”.

Then we bowled at Hollywood Bowl in Finchley, where ten young people and four carers joined in the fun. Comments from young people included “today was really fun because I met other people, played bowling and had a lovely burger”, “I have enjoyed everything and would love to come again.”, “ This was amazing, fun and crazy”


In August Capstone SE headed to the zoo, zoo, zoo.

Almost 30 Capstone fostering families spent a dry and sunny day at London Zoo, along with staff. We met at the front entrance and families were free to spend time looking around the zoo at the various talks and displays including Penguin Beach Live, Birds of Prey and Lunch with the Otters.

At lunchtime we all met up, there were many smiling faces of children and adults as they had an opportunity to catch up with familiar faces and meet new ones. Then it was time to go off and explore other areas of the zoo. As the zoo closed, everyone was starting to leave with aching feet and broad smiles from a great day at the zoo. 
 
Feedback from the trip included, Foster carer M said “We had a lovely day, thank you, F said he enjoyed watching the penguins and A enjoyed the monkeys and their antics. They were pleased to see P and O again, who looked after them when I had a weeks respite back in April.”


 
Foster carer N commented “It was great to meet some of the other guys and put names to faces. The kids really enjoyed that we all sat and had lunch together and that they got to see some great animals. Their favourite was the lions and the giraffes. Thank you.”

A message from Olwyn Skinner, Registered Manager: “What a wonderful day at the zoo, I had such a lovely time meeting carers and young people.  A lovely sunny day was enjoyed by so many of us. Thank you to everyone who came and made the day so special, I particularly liked watching the penguins and the elegant giraffes.”

Lara Children’s Champion from Dartford was thrilled with a beautiful handmade Thank you card that was posted to her from two of the children that had enjoyed their day.


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