Capstone Foster Care News

We had our Bradford Summer Day Out at Lightwater Valley on the 25th July 2019 for all our carers, children and young people. The date was planned for the summer holidays so everyone could be able to attend and in total we had 21 foster families attend, which was a great turn out!

The day started from 10.15am and our carers and young people were welcome to stay as long as they wanted until the park closed at 5pm. We suggested to meet for a picnic lunch at 12pm next to The Ultimate ride for everyone to get together and catch up on their day so far.

Lightwater Valley is a theme park situated in Ripon with over 35 rides and attractions for all the family. We chose to hold our Summer day out at this location as the Lightwater Valley trip is a yearly tradition at the Bradford office. As many carers and young people have visited Lightwater Valley before, they are aware of the running of the day and how the park is able to cater for their needs. Having a staff member present at the picnic area near The Ultimate ride allowed there to be a safe base for young people and foster carers to keep returning too if they wished.

The feedback we have received over the years shows that the annual summer day out to Lightwater Valley is something our foster carers and young people really enjoy. It allows the Bradford office to give something back to the carers and young people by coming together and enjoying the fun day and everyone can meet and socialise with new people and new friends, to share experiences and have a brilliant day together.

Feedback from the day

“Thank you for a lovely day, I am not sure just how we managed that heat but we did and didn’t leave until 4.45pm! We had a lovely day and managed to chat with others on our travels around the park. Thank you”

Julie- Foster Carer

“Just like to say a big thank you for today. The girls really enjoyed it and had a great time even when they got stuck on the water rapids ride!”

Linzi and Neil- Foster Carers

“Thank you for a great day out, and M said the best way to describe it was and this is his own word, it was exhilarating. I thought it was a great word.”

Patrick- Foster Carer

 


To celebrate World Friendship Day on the 30th July 2019 our Heywood team planned a friendship day out to Crocky Trail in Waverton, Chester. On the day eight children attended who were aged from eight to eleven. The aim of the day was to try and promote friendships between the children in aid of World Friendship Day. here at our Heywood office, we already have an established youth group for over twelves, however the younger children within Capstone North are yet to form the same friendship bonds.

Crocky Trail is an adventure/ physical activity set in the countryside comprising of giants slides and a walk/trail in which there are obstacles such as rope bridges and swings to complete along the way. Three members of the team attended and transported the children in their cars to the Crocky Trail. This gave the children time to get to know each other throughout the car journey there and back

Everyone met at the office at 9am on the 31st July at the Heywood office. The children were excited about the day out and all came prepared with their lunch and their wellies as Crocky Trail was meant to involve lots of muddy activities! When the children arrived at the Crocky Trail, the staff paired them up so that they could go and explore alone but still within careful watch. The children were allowed to explore but with certain boundaries which they all adhered to. All the children enjoyed going on the slides and some even enjoyed the haunted house, although others found it a little frightening but it was nice to see the children encouraging each other along and willing to have a go and try new things. They all got very muddy which added to the fun.

The group socialised well together during the outing and there were no issues. They were kind to each other, polite, bonded well as a group and friendships where formed between themselves. Overall the day went really well and was enjoyed by all. The children learnt new skills throughout such as balancing across moving bridges and walking through mazes. We are excited to plan further activities with the children to make sure the bonds of friendship formed flourish even further


Capstone Midlands held their annual children’s summer event on the 2nd of August. The event took place at a local youth centre and the whole venue was hired for the day so that the children and families could enjoy all the activities that were on offer.

The day encouraged good old back-to-basics outdoor play with the skate park & bike park being some of the children’s favourite activities. We had some additional extras this year as we were visited by Nu Education who gave us a 3-hour workshop on graffiti art where the children got to practice graffiti writing on clothing, as well as music production, beatboxing and even rapping.

The day saw over 120 carers, staff and children gather for the day. The day began wet & windy day but that soon turned into lovely sunshine with a few clouds which meant the kids along with staff could make the most of the football pitch, skate ramps, bike park and basketball courts.

A bouncy castle, face painter and soft play were included in the activities for the younger children but we saw the children push themselves and show amazing bravery as they tackled the rock climbing wall and set themselves the challenge to ring the bell at the very top of the wall. Staff took on the same challenge cheered on by the kids and carers.

Sara’s message to the region was;

‘I had a ball catching up with you all and it makes me so proud to see how well behaved our children in the Capstone family are and how they threw themselves into the activities. I think you will agree some of the face paintings were works of art! My favourite bit was scootering on the skate park; although my knees reminded me the next day that I maybe should have spent a little less time there. Thanks to all of you for coming and making some wonderful memories with us. Also a big thank you to Ally and the team for organising an excellent event.


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