Capstone Foster Care News

Recently, our annual Midlands Summer Event took place at Green Towers in Hinckley. We had a fantastic turnaround with over 100 carers and looked after children attending. It was a fun filled day, packed with a variety of activities to keep the children entertained, such as soft play, face painting, a magician, a bouncy castle, rock climbing, roller skating, football, BMXing and much, much more.

We really do enjoy spending quality time with the children and carers by organising and running these events in the community. This year we were very lucky with the weather allowing us to play and sit outdoors and enjoy the food which was provided by our caterers ‘Salty Dog’.

Thank you to everyone who attended and made the event possible, we hope you all had a great time and we’ll see you at the next event!


Our mentors offer non-judgemental support from a position of understanding as foster carers themselves. They are here to help improve confidence, skills and practices of new or less experienced foster carers.

Adele has been fostering for over 10 years were she has cared for babies to teenagers, sibling groups and children with disabilities. Her passion for Looked After Children and commitment to advocating for their needs to be met puts her in an excellent position when it comes to acting as a Peer Mentor – promoting the foster carer role, whilst using her knowledge and experience to support others effectively.

Additionally, Michelle has been a foster carer with Capstone for 8 years, and more recently she has volunteered to become our LGBT Champion. Her background in this area is from having a close number of friends from the LGBT community, and being a passionate advocate for equality and diversity. To date she has been involved in supporting Capstone Foster Care with reviewing policies, and providing reviews on books for young people exploring their identity.

Furthermore, Liz began her fostering career back in 2010 and has gone on to care for children of all ages and from a variety of cultures, many with additional needs and behavioural issues. All have benefitted from her warm and empathic approach and she wanted to extend this support to those new to fostering or those experiencing difficulties. She hopes to help carers feel less isolated and more at ease when it comes to them understanding their roles and responsibilities.

Nina has gained valuable experience through her 6 years of fostering with Capstone Foster Care she has looked after children aged 5 months to teenagers each with their own diverse issues and problems. She has a wealth of knowledge to share especially with the mother and baby placements she has supported.

Finally, Simone unfortunately wasn’t present when the photo was being taken, Simone became a foster carer 4 years ago and has since demonstrated her ability to remain level-headed and child-focused in some particularly difficult situations. Her calm and nurturing responses have enabled her to connect with young people quickly, developing a mutually respectful environment where they have flourished as individuals. Through becoming a Peer Mentor Simone would like to think she could offer encouragement to help develop confidence in others, enabling placements to become more secure, happy places.


Left to Right: Adele (Peer Mentor), Michelle (LGBT Champion and Peer Mentor),
Liz (Peer Mentor) & Nina (Peer Mentor).


We are proud of the support we provide to our foster carers and looked-after children. Alongside the expertise, support and guidance we have to offer, we also believe regular fun and activity days are an important for our children and their carers. Not only are they are usually incredibly fun and/ or educational, it’s also a great chance for them to meet others in similar situations to themselves and build and grow bonds and relationships.

Last week, we organised an outdoor activity day for our local children and carers in the South West at Braeside Education Centre. Braeside has been established for over the past 40 years and has gained an excellent reputation for conferences, outdoor learning/activities and intensive studies both daily and residential in nature. The site itself covers approximately 4.5 acres and has a range of activities for both children and adults as well as lawns and gardens.

It was a great day, one our carers said:

“We both had a fantastic day yesterday! When I asked my young person how she would sum it up she said, “One word – AMAZING!

We thought the team activity in the morning was really good fun and gave us a chance to get to know other people. The children loved being in charge of the fire and the cooking – though even that wasn’t enough to get them to try courgette! It was a great bonding experience and everyone got involved.

The afternoon’s climbing activities were lots of fun and it was great to see so many people, young and old, give things a go. I had never done anything like that before and it was brilliant being able to try the climbing wall for the first time – even though I optimistically attempted to go up the most difficult route first of all – and failed!!

The staff there were highly professional and really engaged with the children, encouraging them to give things a try and I think a lot of the children surprised themselves with how much they could do and I’m sure they all left feeling a great sense of achievement.

This was our first Braeside experience and we really hope it won’t be our last. Thank you to Capstone and all involved for making this a really memorable day.”


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