Scott Wickers Humanity Torbay

Staff based in our Devon office recently wore Christmas jumpers to their local foster carer’s Christmas lunch.

Our brilliant foster carers also got involved and were able to raise £58 for a local charity, Humanity Torbay.

Humanity Torbay was formed in March 2017 in Torquay as an advice centre for all requiring help and assistance with benefits, housing enquiries, and advocacy by appointment. Additional to this service, it provides an invaluable supporting service for street homeless persons, in need of some respite, food, warmth, cups of tea/coffee, spare clothing and some social contact during the day, especially during the winter months.

CEO, Ellie Waugh received the donation on behalf of Humanity Torbay and thanked Scott Wickers, team manager.


Capstone South West have been trialing a new idea which came about from The Shirin Yoko Forest Therapy day last May. November saw the first of their Walk and Talk Groups for carers (and dogs!) which took place in the New Forest. 

Carers expressed a wish to continue meeting on a regular basis but outside of offices and training rooms. One thing that many carers talk about is feeling isolated and how good it is to meet up with other carers who totally “get it”. Coming together in a natural environment creating an opportunity for carers to meet up with new and experienced carers, exchange ideas, views and support each other, but also to take some time for reflection and fresh air.

Our first session took place in the New Forest, we walked and talked for about an hour and half and then ended with a coffee (everyone brings flasks and biscuits.) The carers have loads of ideas for places to walk and given how large our geographical area is, Nikki is hopeful that most carers will be able to join us for at least 2 walks over the year, if not more!


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!


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