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 22nd August, our North Devon Carers and their children enjoyed a lovely picnic and play at Braunton Burrows.

The Burrows are like a desert to play in, with enormous sand dunes that our youngest participant (aged 4) was kindly helped to scale by the other children. The eldest (aged 16) was able to show us what a helpful, caring and patient person he has grown into, which was lovely to see.

Anna, our Placement Stability Practitioner commented “The event was fantastic because we were able to get together children and families that have supported each other through respite and regularly get the children together to support contact arrangements. The children made new friends and enjoyed charging around in the wide open space, showing how their confidence continues to grow and how the wonderful care they are receiving is helping them to shine.

It was also great to spend the day with our North Devon carers who have all played an important part in keeping sibling groups close together, sharing the joy in seeing the children’s lives become more settled.”




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