Capstone Foster Care News

“Loved that Capstone took us to Airhop, my foster child and biological child had a blast. They met other foster children and started forming friends. Perfect activity for a Summer holiday.

Wild Place was great too. We got to see lots of animals and more importantly I was able to get to know other carers from across my region collectively sharing and learning from our fostering experiences so far. The kids had a great time together and because they had met before at other Capstone activities during the Summer they were comfortable with each other from the start.

Lots of walking equalled tired kids… best kind of day!” Jemma, South West carer

With no school and a break in routine the Summer holidays can be a challenging time! So our South West team organised a number of days trips that not only kept the children occupied but allowed our carers to unwind, get to know each other and build their regional networks.

Together we visited four attractions across the South West to include AirHop, Wild Place, Noah’s Ark Farm Park and Uphill Beach and with a number of foster families attending more than one event throughout the Summer, fun was definitely had by all!

In our Midlands region, we have a young person called R with moderate learning difficulties who is coming to the end of his first year studies at college. After being diagnosed with Autism from the age of 11, R has taken a keen interest in becoming a part of something bigger when it comes to raising awareness about Autism.

He applied and was selected to be given an amazing opportunity to join the National Autism Education Trust Panel, which is part of the Department for Education, in June 2019. Later the same month after attending just one panel meeting, he attended the National Autism Roadshow at London XL with his foster carer, Lynne. Alongside another young person with Autism, he gave top tips on how to support young people with neurological differences in front of hundreds of Educational professionals, standing confidently on the stage.

He says, “It was an amazing experience and opportunity to tell education providers our top tips for supporting students with Autism”. Lynne says “I was so proud of him being able to deliver the views of the panel in such a huge arena. He spoke clearly and with confidence.  He is an amazing young man”

Following on from this positive experience he has now been involved in planning for the National NHS Expo in Manchester in September, where he will assist in delivering a workshop around how to improve communication within the NHS between health providers and young people with autism and mental health issues. He has also ended his first academic year with another amazing achievement, by being awarded ‘Student of the Year’ on his course at his graduation.

Congratulations to you for all of your recent achievements, we are very proud of the role you have taken in advocating for others to ensure that everyone receives the same opportunities in life as they should. Another massive congratulation to our foster carers Lynne & Chris for their hard work, determination and the role-modelling that they have shown this young person. The role of an advocate has been so paramount that it has encouraged and motivated this young person to be the voice for others and for that we can only admire him and congratulate him on his recent successes. Well done!

A Final word from our young person, “I am loving the opportunities I have been given and it has been a great year for me.  In the future I am looking forward to even more opportunities to raise awareness about Autism as well as increasing my independence”

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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