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!

On Bring Your Pet to Work day at the Heywood office we celebrated by organising a walk for the children, foster families and their pets at our local park. The children loved being involved walking the dogs and for those who do not have pets at home, they really thrived looking after the dogs for the day.

The children took turns walking the dogs and throwing balls for them to chase, it was nice to see the group of young people interacting so well. The children also went to the park and enjoyed nice warm drinks in the café as the weather was slightly cold.

We were joined by two French Bulldogs called Ralph and Rupert on the day, Rupert had only just joined his family and was only 4 months old. The children took a shine to new puppy Rupert and made sure he was always safe on his walk. When Rupert began to look cold one of the young people called M made sure he was wrapped up in his jumper. Rupert lives with M and follows him everywhere. M said that Rupert likes to snuggle up to him when they are on the couch together.

The children spent the day with our support workers at the Heywood Office, the support workers organise regular outings for the children as well as supporting them on a one to one basis if they need extra help. It was a great chance for the support workers to see what events the children wanted to get involved with over this summer. The young people on the day voted for certain activities and we listened to what they would like to do.

It’s important to Capstone that our children views are heard and they are always at the forefront of everything we do. The children have decided that this year they would like to take the following trips: Light Water Valley, Crocky Trail, Diggerland, Heaton Park, Apple Jacks Farm and Bowling. These have all been added to our summer calendar for the children and we can’t wait to take to see the children taking part!

Two of our young people are currently involved in a Nurture Psychology project which explores how music can promote resilience and well-being for cared for children and young people. This is a new collaboration between Nurture Psychology Service & North Manchester FM Community Radio station, funded by the National Lottery.

The aim is to provide a programme of activities which help young people build resilience and explore thoughts and feelings such as, loss, hope, optimism, anger and stress using music, song writing and radio production.

In total, fifteen cared for young people have been attending the sessions. Eight of which have involved them working with musician facilitators to create new songs. The remaining sessions have been on radio production sessions, which involve learning new skills around presenting and producing their own radio show. They will cover interview techniques, research, editing radio/audio production and together they will apply these skills during two final broadcasts on NMFM 106.6.

We are glad to say that our young people have nearly completed the course and will be presenting how music helps to get them through challenges from 5pm on Wednesday 15th May 2019 on NM FM 106.6.

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