Jena is a child supported by Capstone and she has shared the below update about her work experience placement at  Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

Jena PhotoI attended my work experience at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (The RAAM) and it was an incredible opportunity that I was extremely grateful to be a part of. The week consisted of an arrangement of activities, trips and jobs to do which included having a tour around the museum, Exeter’s Historical Guildhall, and Cathedral and the RAMM’s ARK where they store thousands of preserved artefacts in their collection. Even though we did a lot of fun and exciting tasks, we also participated in an arrangement of more time consuming and ‘realistic’ jobs that we would undergo as staff such as doing the post run, writing a report about what events would be suitable and engaging for teenagers, copying data onto a computer and waiting at the door to welcome visitors for long durations.

These activities and tasks enabled us to have as fun an experience as we could whilst also giving us an insight on how the work force operates and the time consuming tasks necessary for these so as to not sugar-coat the work done in the Museum. This experience has encouraged me to consider a career in something like conservation, archaeology, specialise in the study of an era, or simply to work through museums alone. I have also established the desire to become a casual at the RAMM, where I would work at the museum through volunteering and could work on days that suit me best. This option is accessible to me at the age of 18 and the freedom of choosing when I work would give me the flexibility to balance my voluntary work with college and a part-time payed job, also.

By Jena Button (15)

Over the course of 3 days at the end of July, we participated in the largest show of its kind.  The New Forest Show is held at the New Park Show Ground in Brockenhurst, in the New Forest every year.  The show consists of hundreds of different activities for the family and a huge variety of stall holders alike.  There was family fun, including the forest fun factory, shoe farm – whereby local farmers and handlers compete for the best sheep or pig.  There was also tractor tug of wars, world record attempts at welly throwing and dog trainers showing off their skills.  In fact far to many events to mention here!

We thought this would be an ideal venue to speak to a wide variety of people about fostering and to promote Capstone as the best agency to be able to achieve this.  Over the course of the 3 days we spoke to dozens of people about fostering and lots of people had very positive things to discuss with us, and it was lovely to meet so many people.  We had lots of questions from lots of different people and there were several questions along the same theme which was – am I too old or I’m too  young to foster.  Well we set the record straight and said that as long as you have the energy and enthusiasm then age isn’t a barrier!

We gave out lots of leaflets, flyers and marketing products such as pens and trolley tokens, to ensure we spread the word about Capstone fostering and hope that this pays benefits in the months to come.  We took several names of people who wanted a follow up phone call so hopefully these people may go on to support children in need of a fostering family.

Tarlie Walker a Supervising Social Worker for Capstone took part in the Bath Race for Life for Cancer Research on Sunday 12th June. Tarlie had a scare herself earlier in the year and wanted to give something back to all the amazing nurses and people who had been involved with her treatment. So the training programme started after Tarlie had made a full recovery was ready to take part in the event. It was held at Victoria park in Bath and ended up being a very muggy rainy day but this didn’t put Tarlie off, she was ready to take on the world and raised a lot money for this worthwhile cause.

Tarlie commented “I ran the race for life – cancer research and managed to raise £390 which I was not expecting – I am thankful to all the people that sponsored me and to Capstone for their generous donation. I didn’t realise how hilly the course would be but I did a personal best of 27 minutes despite a quick stop for my dog Cosmo, he was an amazing running companion”

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