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!

 


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.

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

 


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