One of our carers Michelle recently called the office to share K’s vehicle he had to prom.

K has a real interest in everything linked to the military. K has been part of the cadets since the age of 13 and has lived with Michelle for over 9 years. He loves going to the cadets and enjoys his time there and taking part in the parades. He is also a Lance Corporal as part of his local cadets group.

Michele wanted to celebrate K’s coming of age prom in style for him. She had a cunning plan that took weeks to put together to find K a different vehicle to attend the prom in. Michelle herself loves the military style and has her own trike. K had asked Michelle to take him to the prom in her trike but Michelle wanted to surprise him with another vehicle. She has tracked down a company that specialises in military vehicles and organised for K to be picked up in a Saracen Armoured Vehicle.

Michelle asked K to take pictures of his prom outfit outside the house, K had chosen his own suit, shirt, belt and tie all by himself. While K was distracted with having his photo taken the armoured vehicle appeared on the street reversing towards their drive. K couldn’t take his eyes off the vehicle and was so in awe of the vehicle and he was so pleased that Michelle had organised this surprise for him.

Michelle raced off to the prom to capture photos of him arriving in the armoured vehicle, Michelle said ‘it was completely a show stopper, not only did everyone at the prom clap when K arrived, traffic also stopped to get a better look. K was initially anxious about the idea of the prom but was also looking forward to it, the vehicle was just the icing on the top of the cake for K and he had an amazing time at the meal and party. K has even surprised me the day after the prom with a bunch of flowers and my favourite Ameretti biscuits as a thank you which was very kind. Although seeing his face light up at the sight of the armoured vehicle was the greatest gift I could have received. K is transitioning into a young adult and I am so proud of him’

Michelle’s parents wanted to also treat K for his hard work this year as well as the prom and suggested they all go for a meal but K has decided he would rather go to Morecombe for the day on Saturday to join in with the Armed Forces day. K is off to college in September to study animal management and is looking forward to starting a career working with animals.

To celebrate National Art Week on the 9th June to the 17th June at our office in Heywood we organised an Art Group with our young people and three graphic design students from the Manchester College who produce the magazine FRESH.
The young ladies organised the whole session with our young people and provided all the materials for the young people to work with. The brief was simple, we wanted a piece of artwork to display on the wall that linked to the children’s youth group called the Anchor group. The young people had chosen the  name Anchor Group themselves.
FRESH magazine has been designed by the three graphic design students to showcase artwork from ethnic minorities showcasing their positive ethos, that anyone can become an artist no matter from what diverse background you are from.
The children really engaged with the project  and a lot of our children are from diverse cultural backgrounds and it was great to show them what they could achieve and the options they had for different job roles as they grow older. We had eight children attend on the day and we gave them the brief to add to the fabric cloth their most treasured possession they would want to take with them if they ended up on a desert island.
The children could paint, glue fabrics, beads or glitter to the material to create an image of their choice. All the children had different ideas as to what their most treasured possession was. Children drew phones, tablets, to a mug, football, pony, family and toys. When the children were all happy with the artwork piece, we asked them to draw an image of themselves on the artwork as well.
It was a fantastic day and the organisers really helped the children to learn how to paint and draw. We now proudly showcase the artwork at our Heywood office for everyone to see. The children love to come in and see it framed on the wall.
Thank you to the graphic designers from FRESH Magazine!

We we’re recently rated Outstanding during our recent Ofsted inspection – with no recommendations. This is something we are all very proud of and this is through the commitment, care and love that our foster carers offer to children that made this possible.

We invited all our carers across the North to celebrate the Ofsted inspection results and to also celebrate 10 years of Building Brighter Futures with Capstone Foster Care. We were delighted to see all our carers together enjoying the buffet and afternoon tea we organised for everyone, including staff. It was a great opportunity to say thank you in person to all the hard work our carers do.

Many thanks again to all of our foster parents, for all you do and for choosing to foster, your involvement is making such a difference to children’s lives. We are very pleased that you foster for Capstone and hope we can continue to support you in any way possible to make things a little easier for you.

If you have not had the opportunity to read the report it is available on the Ofsted website.

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