bowood hseThe Capstone Somerset and Bristol teams hosted a summer activity day at Bowood House and Gardens. 38 foster carers and children arrived on the day and we were lucky to be welcomed with clear skies and no rain!

Everyone was free to roam and explore the estate which included a walk down to the caves, waterfall and lake, exploring the house and most importantly playing on the adventure playground which consisted of very big slides, pirate ships lots of things to climb. All in all, a laid-back day was enjoyed by families who deserved this fun day out.


bowood hse lunchHere are some of the lovely comments that were made: –

“Myself and T wanted to send our thanks for the event yesterday at Bowood House – we had a great time and the grounds are beautiful” C from Bristol

“I like the pirate ship best” A (9) from Trowbridge

“I wanted to say thank-you for yesterday we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves especially the children who were on their best behaviour” said L from Trowbridge

“At Capstone, we organise a variety of fun events and get-togethers for our fostering families across the South West Region. It’s our way of supporting families to have fun and we know how important it is to feel a sense of community when you are a foster carer” – Elaine Leitch, Regional Director

If you have attended a Capstone event, and would like to share your experience of the day, please get in touch with our team at, or send us a message on Facebook.



WP_20170731_11_45_55_ProWell the children and our carers in the Devon office are getting into the swing of the summer holidays together and have a few summer trips arranged the first one happened yesterday when they visited Exmoor Zoo. The weather forecast was predicted to be sunny but on arrival we experienced rain, but it didn’t dampen our spirits as it cleared once we were in the Zoo and started our tour of the vast variety of animals we saw.

WP_20170731_12_47_41_ProThe first stop was the play park where the children really enjoyed letting of some steam and bonding with each other on the trampolines, which was great fun.

One activity that all the children enjoyed taking part in was feeding the baby wallabies. These animals were so cute and cuddly, the children had to approach them really slowly otherwise they hopped of quickly which was amusing for the carer’s to watch.

After all the excitement, it was time for lunch, so picnics were enjoyed and more free time in the play park where rotas were set up for the trampolines so each child had the opportunity to show off  their own jumping skills to all the carers.

This was such a fun day out for everyone, new friendships were made and everyone is looking forward to the next adventure at River Dart Country Park.


Well done to ‘B’, who completed the Inflatable 5K at Westpoint, Exeter last weekend. B is looked after by foster carers Neil & Denise.


b5kchallengeB heard that the 5k Inflatable Obstacle Run was coming to Exeter! The course was going to be packed with some of the largest and most extreme inflatables that would let you flip, bounce & boing your way around an incredibly fun 5k course! B spoke to Neil who thought this was a fantastic idea so booked it straight away. Neil’s son Adam also wanted to join in the fun as he loves this kind of activity.

Neil said, “We are all still kids. Some of us are bigger than others but we all love the thrill of climbing over something without our parent’s consent, getting downright sweaty and being rewarded with something at the end of the day”.

B commented, “I used to think I wouldn’t be able to do anything like this and now look at what I can do”.

It was such humid and hot day but B, Neil and Adam smashed this challenge in just under an hour – great team work! B was laughing at Neil as he had to wait for Neil to catch him up at each station! B had such an amazing day and as a bonus the boys all got a medal and a T-shirt as a reward.

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