Capstone foster carer, Jules, has been carrying out some fantastic voluntary work with her friend Jon Webb in the local community to raise awareness of Dementia. They have become involved in a charity called The Purple Angel Campaign.

Jon’s wife suffers from Dementia, formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at just 55, but having shown signs for a few years prior to this and with Jules being not just a friend to Carrie but someone who is understanding Dementia more and more, and taking Carrie out for trips to provide Jon some respite they realised the importance of people in shops, café’s and so on, they both realised that with a lack of understanding those with Dementia can be treated inappropriately, and of course shouldn’t be.

Jules and Jon have been visiting all the businesses in Westward Ho to promote The Purple Angel Campaign, with a 100% take up. Thanks to their work, Westward Ho is now the first fully dementia aware village in the UK!

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Norman presenting Jules with the Purple Award for supporting those living with Dementia

The Purple Angel Campaign was started by Noman McNamara, what an inspirational man. Although a sufferer of Dementia himself, Norms, as he like to be known, lectures on Dementia, as well as coping with life himself.

If you would like to get involved with this Charity please visit http://www.purpleangel-global.com

Here is a quote from Jules:-

“As a Purple Angel Ambassador for Westward Ho! I realise how rewarding it is, knowing I am making a difference to some of the 850,000 dementia sufferers in the UK, especially as it affects not just the elderly as is often thought”.


On Wednesday 3rd August our first Capstone Summer Event took place at Air Hop (Bristol).  The venue was one of those chosen by the children following a consultation session earlier in the year. We had 19 young people bouncing in total and 16 carers and staff (some of whom also joined the bounce!!) Our party host prepared us for the bounce and made sure we were aware of the health and safety rules of the park before letting everyone loose.

IMG_9325We had an hour of bounce time in which we were able to roam the trampoline park and test out the basketball dunk, foam pit, wipe out and battle beams. We regrouped during our time there and had a private group of dodge ball. The winner of this game won a free ticket to Air Hop in the future
At the end of the session the group enjoyed some well-earned pizza in our private party room
There was a laid back, fun and sociable atmosphere on the day and I feel that we had a good start to the summer activities. We have  already had some positive feedback

“Just to say boys had a great time today thank you Capstone for making this happen even I had a cheeky few jumps whilst assisting little ones of course and big ones” S from Somerset

“We had a fab time it was great” C from Bath

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Jena is a child supported by Capstone and she has shared the below update about her work experience placement at  Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

Jena PhotoI attended my work experience at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (The RAAM) and it was an incredible opportunity that I was extremely grateful to be a part of. The week consisted of an arrangement of activities, trips and jobs to do which included having a tour around the museum, Exeter’s Historical Guildhall, and Cathedral and the RAMM’s ARK where they store thousands of preserved artefacts in their collection. Even though we did a lot of fun and exciting tasks, we also participated in an arrangement of more time consuming and ‘realistic’ jobs that we would undergo as staff such as doing the post run, writing a report about what events would be suitable and engaging for teenagers, copying data onto a computer and waiting at the door to welcome visitors for long durations.

These activities and tasks enabled us to have as fun an experience as we could whilst also giving us an insight on how the work force operates and the time consuming tasks necessary for these so as to not sugar-coat the work done in the Museum. This experience has encouraged me to consider a career in something like conservation, archaeology, specialise in the study of an era, or simply to work through museums alone. I have also established the desire to become a casual at the RAMM, where I would work at the museum through volunteering and could work on days that suit me best. This option is accessible to me at the age of 18 and the freedom of choosing when I work would give me the flexibility to balance my voluntary work with college and a part-time payed job, also.

By Jena Button (15)


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