Capstone Foster Care News

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!

On Friday 12th April, four staff members accompanied a group of 11 boys aged between 11-17 to the Challenge 4 Change, a fun day of activities. Staff from Capstone Foster Care identified the boys who would benefit from additional support while in their foster placements.

Challenge 4 Change helps individuals by enabling them to overcome barriers to their success. They help people build their confidence, and develop the tools and skills to help them through fun activities and more importantly to help them realise that they hold the key to their success – no one else!

Dean from Challenge 4 Change lead the group and within minutes of him introducing himself and chatting to the boys he had gained their full attention and respect. When the groups were doing the ground level team building activities Dean gave different boys an opportunity to become the team leader. It was brilliant to watch their confidence suddenly grow, being given this opportunity. The group soon bonded and began to listen to one another and work together as a team to achieve better results.

Dean gave an honest account of his past and the journey he had been on. Again, he fully captured the attention of the group and it was inspiring to hear. He most definitely made the impact we wanted and everyone will have taken something away from this.

The final part of the day was the high activities and the Leap of Faith! Wow… Even those who were petrified of heights overcame their fears through the encouragement they were given.

Overall, it was a fantastic day to remember and had a massive impact. It was an excellent way to raise the confidence of our young people in care and every single person achieved something. We were looked after from beginning to end by the Challenge 4 Change team who were brilliant and quickly had the trust and respect from all.

Thank you to Challenge 4 Change, you were amazing!



Capstone (North) held the first ‘Boys Group’ session in Barnsley with the help of the BRV project. The BRV (Belonging, Resilience, Vocabulary) Project works with a group of young men and boys in Barnsley to help them achieve a sense of belonging, resilience and improved understanding of themselves.The BRV Project

The project is a 12-week programme, over 2-hour weekly sessions and it seeks to address inequality and disadvantages by utilising new learning in context with a growing sense of self-worth and resilience. Enabling boys to become the owners of their emotions and advocates for their own lives.

Through group workshops, art and photography sessions, the boys and young men will explore and enrich their emotional intelligence.

5 of our young people attended their first session at the Toby Carvery, Rotherham. The initial meeting focused on enabling the young people participating to get to know each other a little better, and to introduce Marcus from the BRV Project. By introducing Marcus during the first session it allowed him to discuss the work that was involved with the young people and give the boys participating in the group a choice of what they would like the sessions to include and some say in how it is delivered.

Some of the young people participating had already met each other at various social activities etc., but for others it was their first time meeting others and were understandably a little unsure and nervous. Some of the boys were quite energetic and animated, talking freely with all the participants and staff. A few where a little more reserved and did not particularly initiate conversation at first. The group of five boys were quite keen to go and get something to eat and drink and were quite happy to go up to the Carvery as a group and chatted amongst themselves. Once back at the table, the conversation appeared to flow quite easily amongst the young people.

Marcus explained more about his role as part of the BRV project, and suggested different ways that the group could participate in the work that he delivers and different activities that they might like to get involved in. The group agreed that they would like to do creative activities, such as artwork, photography and creative writing. Marcus, Alison, social worker and Deborah the support worker for Barnsley facilitated the discussion and asked opinions of the young people to try and seek a common identity amongst the group.

Marcus asked the group what they felt was the most difficult about being a teenage boy. C answered readily, “coming out to your family and friends as gay and dealing with people’s attitudes around it”.

Marcus reassured him that sexuality is a very important part of identity and he would be looking at relationships and what it means. Marcus explained more about the different opportunities that he would like to the get the group involved in such as activity days in the Peak District.

Towards the end of the meal the group were chatting animatedly, appearing to be getting on reasonably well and all appeared enthusiastic to carry on with the lad’s group.

We’re looking forward to the next time the group meets up.

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