Capstone foster carer, Jules, has been carrying out some fantastic voluntary work with her friend Jon Webb in the local community to raise awareness of Dementia. They have become involved in a charity called The Purple Angel Campaign.

Jon’s wife suffers from Dementia, formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at just 55, but having shown signs for a few years prior to this and with Jules being not just a friend to Carrie but someone who is understanding Dementia more and more, and taking Carrie out for trips to provide Jon some respite they realised the importance of people in shops, café’s and so on, they both realised that with a lack of understanding those with Dementia can be treated inappropriately, and of course shouldn’t be.

Jules and Jon have been visiting all the businesses in Westward Ho to promote The Purple Angel Campaign, with a 100% take up. Thanks to their work, Westward Ho is now the first fully dementia aware village in the UK!

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Norman presenting Jules with the Purple Award for supporting those living with Dementia

The Purple Angel Campaign was started by Noman McNamara, what an inspirational man. Although a sufferer of Dementia himself, Norms, as he like to be known, lectures on Dementia, as well as coping with life himself.

If you would like to get involved with this Charity please visit

Here is a quote from Jules:-

“As a Purple Angel Ambassador for Westward Ho! I realise how rewarding it is, knowing I am making a difference to some of the 850,000 dementia sufferers in the UK, especially as it affects not just the elderly as is often thought”.

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.

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