Capstone Foster Care News

Over the summer, our support workers from the Heywood office took six children to Apple Jack’s Adventure Farm near Warrington, Cheshire, which is a fantastic, fun family day out. The children’s activities available are mainly aimed at 4-12 year olds, although there’s lots of fun to be found for the whole family.

The children who attended the trip were aged 7-11. Some of the children already knew each other and two of the children were new to the group and were very welcome. The children were very excited about the day out and all came prepared with their lunch and dressed for the weather as, sadly it was raining! We reminded the children about staying with adults for the day and informing us at all times of their whereabouts.

When we arrived, we were greeted by a staff member who gave us a map and explained the route around the Farm and told us when and where the events were on, which was great! The children bonded and made friends very quickly and they stayed together and helped each other on the big apparatus. They tried all the activities including: Jacks Ball Blast, Zip Wires, Roller skating, the Maize Maze, massive Jumping Pillows, Quad Karts, Farm Fun Hose, Haunted House, Archery and even the indoor inflatable Play Area.

At 12.30pm, after we had our picnic we went to watch the Children’s Entertainment Show. The children got up dancing and enjoyed joining in with the party games. They all got very muddy and wet but the rainy weather did not dampen anyone’s enjoyment or fun!

The children benefitted from improving their social skills, they gained emotional confidence, used their imagination and creativity and worked well as a team together and they even learnt new skills such as roller skating and archery.

It was fantastic to see everyone of them have a go at all the activities and join in together. They laughed and smiled throughout the whole day!

 


On Thursday 29th August, some of our South West carers met for a day of sun, sea, sand and dog walking at Uphill Beach, Weston Super Mare.

The whether was kind and after a rather chilly and windy start, the morning brightened up allowing for a few games and stick designs on the beach before taking a well deserved lunch back at the Wharf café.

The day provided an opportunity for our carers to get to know each other in an informal setting with the children forging new friendships… it was great to see!

Capstone foster care value the important role our carers play in supporting, guiding and creating a safe environment for our children in their care. We recognise our carers involvement and influence alongside the importance of being able to spend quality time together as a family. Our carer events provide an opportunity for foster families to get together, build regional networks and most importantly have fun!


In May 2018, our staff from the North group took part in the Manchester 10k. Three member of our Bradford office Debbie, Cathy and Vivienne ran the 10k in memory of one of carers from the Bradford area who unfortunately passed away after a battle with cancer.

Gillian was a valued foster carer, kind, caring and is sadly missed. The Bradford team wanted to run in tribute of Gillian and to raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice which took such good care of Gillian in her last year.

St Michael’s exists to ensure that as many people as possible in the Harrogate and Ripon District have access to the end of life care and bereavement services they want and deserve. This means that they offer a service that is free, in an environment of the patient’s choice and where every individual is treated with dignity and respect. With more and more people requiring their services, they rely on support.

Last week Cathy and Lindsay from our Bradford office visited St Michael’s Hospice to present the contribution from Capstone of £500 and also the money that Debbie, Vivienne and Cathy raised back in May last year. Altogether, we have raised a grand total of £1350.99 in memory of Gillian, of which we are very proud!

Living with a terminal illness can affect a person in many different ways, from changes to their body, their relationships, and their independence, to differences to their sense of self, their social life and their confidence.

Our donation could help someone to access a 10 week package of Day Therapy, where patients have access to a range of experts who can help with any physical, emotional, social or spiritual challenges they may be having, and support them to achieve their goals. Our efforts will make a big difference to the patients, clients and their families who St Michael’s Hospice care for and support not only today but in the months and years ahead.

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