Social Worker Alison from Capstone South West is running the Sierra Leone Marathon in May for Street Child. She is hoping to raise over £1000! Click here for Ali’s sponsor page. Here’s her story in her own words!

I am turning 40 this year and wanted to complete my first marathon somewhere special! When I read about Street Child, I knew that I had found something special. I was inspired by the work of Street Child and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in the Sierra Leone Marathon 2018. The money raised on my page will go towards providing a child with education, school uniform as well as training teachers. Very excitingly, Street Child are in the middle of our Right to Learn Appeal which means that everything we fundraise between now and 15th February will be doubled by the UK Government; For example, a donation of £30 is enough to send a child to school for a year, whereas a £50 donation with match funding can supply a whole school with their teaching resources for a year.

Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘Give Now’ button (follow the link below).

A massive Thank you to Capstone for supporting me to do this. Keep up to date with my training and photos on my Just Giving page.

I will also be doing a pre-marathon practice run on Sunday the 6th of May along Bournemouth beach. So if you fancy a sunny day out, come join, it would be amazing to have your support. Don’t forget spread the word. 😊   


Fostering as a familyFostering for the McCabe’s is a journey they have taken on together as a family, here are their thoughts on fostering:

Kerry and Nathan:

We have now been fostering for three years and it’s been quite a journey! We’ve had lots of successes along the way and our favourite thing is seeing our foster child grow and flourish into the lovely strong girl that she is. At first it’s just little steps, like seeing them smile and laugh more often and as time goes by you start to see them glow and begin to gain confidence. It can be hard at times and that’s why having support is so important. Capstone has been brilliant at this, we have had lots of support from our supervising social worker and also the in-house psychologists. This really helps you to unpick situations and behaviours and gives you practical solutions to try out. Sometimes these are so simple but they truly work! We love being a family who fosters, we’ve learnt so much over the years and feel very much part of a wider family that Capstone provides.

Joe:

Fostering grants me so many opportunities as a birth child, mainly by me getting a chance to help change a foster child’s life. I have met so many people through fostering, not only the children that have come into our lives but also the professionals that support us. Capstone has really helped me develop as an individual, I have been on training and have had support from the in-house psychologists, this is so important to me, it helps me to be the best foster brother I can be.

Jack:

Fostering has allowed me to learn new skills which I may not have had chance to learn. I’ve met lots of children and have stayed in touch with them all. I feel very involved in fostering, I play a part in helping foster children to settle into our home, for me it’s about helping foster children feel loved and part of our family.

Foster Child:

I feel really happy and settled with my family, they’ve helped me to feel safe and part of. That’s the most important thing for me, that I feel part of. It’s the things like going on holiday together, having meals out and just doing things as a family that means a lot to me.

SSW  – Sarah Comments:

Fostering for the McCabe’s has always been a whole family commitment. Kerry & Nathan have successfully managed to combine parenting their birth children alongside a foster child so that they’ve been able to become part of a healthy functioning and fun-loving family. It’s not been without its difficulties and they’ve all needed lots of support at times, but with commitment & perseverance they’ve witnessed some fantastic development and progress in the young people they’ve had in their care.

 


S was placed with Capstone carers when she was almost 16 years old.  S told the carers that she did not want to remain in care after she reached 16 so the carers understood they may only have few months to offer S a safe, caring and nurturing environment.

However, on her 16th Birthday, S confirmed that she wanted to remain with the carers and, at this point, the carers were delighted that they could continue with their support of S.

Since then, S has done extremely well, having gained her GCSE’s, followed by two distinctions and a merit in her BTEC as she gained her qualification in IT, a subject she excelled in at school.  S’s carers have been intrinsic to her development and progress, having assisted her with her education and also enabling her to learn to drive and gain an apprenticeship with the local Police force.  S is due to take her driving test soon and she will have her own car to drive to and from work.

S has progressed so well, at her own pace, as she has not been overburdened by the issues of having to move out of placement. She is welcome in the family home and plays a large part within the family and is being supported fully by the carers now she is on a Staying Put arrangement.  Well done S!


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