Families in Gloucester are being urged to consider becoming foster carers after it is revealed that more than 400 children were referred for fostering in Gloucestershire in past 6 months.

Capstone Foster Care will be holding a fostering information evening at Gloucester Guildhall on 28th February between 4pm-7pm. The event will allow Gloucester residents to find out more about fostering.

471 individual Children and Young People were referred to Capstone for fostering in Gloucestershire in the past 6 months, within this figures 36 sibling groups and 55 parent and child referrals were also seeking foster care. Capstone Foster Care are inviting families that have a spare room, the time and patience to become foster carers to stop by on Tuesday 28th February to find out more information.

Gloucester residents Clive & Bev became approved foster carers in 2013. Clive commented:

“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. Although it’s still early days for us the fostering experience has been an enjoyable and positive one for us and hopefully also for the children we have cared for.”

Steve Hunt, Regional Director at Capstone Foster Care, commented:

“Capstone Foster Care has been based and working across the whole of the South West for the past ten years and has a solid history of making sustainable foster placements where young people make excellent progress. We have worked with Gloucester County Council to provide a variety of placements for young people who they have not been able to find suitable families from within their own resources. We are also in the process of renewing our Tenders with the majority of Local Authorities in the South West, and to enable us to meet the demand for placements will be seeking to recruit and approve more foster carers. We look forward to meeting residents from Gloucestershire, who may be interested in the rewarding job of fostering a young person.”

 About Capstone Foster Care

Founded in 2007, Capstone Foster Care now has more than 140 staff supporting more than 600 carers nationwide. Locally, Capstone has a team at Bristol, which covers the whole of Bristol & Gloucestershire.

We are passionate about the children in our care and believe that all children deserve to live in a safe, stable and secure family environment. This environment allows children to have a sense of security, which enables them to improve their emotional wellbeing.


Families in Basingstoke are being urged to consider becoming foster carers after it is revealed that more than 1000 children were referred for fostering in Hampshire last year.

Capstone Foster Care will be holding a fostering information day at Basingstoke’s Citizen Advice Centre on 26th January between 10am-5pm. The event will allow Basingstoke residents to find out more about fostering.

1097 individual Children and Young People were referred to Capstone for fostering in Hampshire last year, with a further 124 sibling groups also seeking foster care. Capstone Foster Care are inviting families that have a spare room, the time and patience to become foster carers to stop by on Thursday 26th January for more information.

Hampshire residents Kirsty and Paul became approved foster carers in 2013.

Kirsty commented:

“I wanted a new challenge and we felt fostering would help make a difference. We have learnt a lot and grown as a family over the five years we have had children in our care. It puts a different perspective on life and reminds us how lucky we and our children are.” 

Steve Hunt, Regional Director at Capstone Foster Care, commented:

“Capstone Foster Care has been based and working across Hampshire for the past ten years and has a solid history of making sustainable foster placements where young people make excellent progress. Despite that, we still need more foster families in North Hampshire to meet the demand for placements in this region. We look forward to meeting with residents in Basingstoke on the 26th.”


After hearing I was going to be out of action on the Fostering front for 6 weeks plus while recovering from my first knee replacement and another after that, I wondered – What on earth would I do? All those wasted hours. I remembered a friend had told me she was knitting blankets for a group.blanket 2

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Hazel set up the group of knitters here in 2009, just up the road from me at Melbury Osmond. After she had returned from a holiday in South Africa- she could not forget what she had seen and heard.

On one tour she had asked – ‘’Why are all those girls carrying bundles of newspaper?’’  ‘’ That is not a bundle of newspaper.’’ She was told. ‘’It is their babies, (a lot have twins) ‘’that is all they have for them, they use it for nappies clothes and blankets.’’

Most are very young teenagers, some abused by family or raped, some live on the street as have been ostracised from their homes. So she decided to start knitting blankets this grew to family and friends and other little groups have formed. There is a lot of knitting to do as well as trying to raise funds to get blankets and layettes sent over to South Africa.

This hit my heart especially as I mostly do the Mum and Baby placements and see the opportunity they have over here. I asked could I knit some blankets and was welcomed with open arms, I am on blanket number 34 now!

I source a lot of wool on Ebay each blanket takes 300grams. I supply my Sister who is delighted to knit again. So we get through a lot of Double Knit. The Group use 4ply for the layettes.

I would like to ask would anyone with odd or new balls of Double knit or 4 ply would like to send it this way through your SSW or one of your local offices visit https://www.capstonefostercare.co.uk/local-offices/ all donations would be welcome.

We do not knit in white as it is believed to bring bad luck.

If you would like to knit yourselves please do, there is a pattern available on the website-Knitters-scroll down for adobe download

The blankets are easy enough on old size 9. new size 3/75 needles cast on 140 stitches and garter stitch 360 rows. I do stripes however some do squares and stripes dividing the stitches and then knitting them together.

Thank you for your time in reading and if you can help an extra big thank you from Hazel and the Girls.

Shirley Cheeseman.

Capstone foster carer

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