Meet the Team
The Capstone team in London and the South East is led by Seamus Jennings and Olwyn Skinner. When you enquire about fostering the first person you will speak to is Fiona.
I am the Regional Director for Capstone Foster Care South East, I have worked for Capstone since mid-2015 and it’s a great company to work for. I have an abiding interest in and commitment to foster care changing the lives of children and young people for the better. My greatest pleasure is meeting with foster carers and with children and young people. Our staff do a great job and our foster carers make a lasting positive difference for the children and young people who, in turn, never seek to amaze me with their achievements. I am proud of them all! Away from work, my greatest pleasure is spending time with my grandchildren who are lively, curious, full of antics and keep my feet on the ground. I’m a big fan of live music and go to lots of concerts. Time permitting, I am involved in the work of some local charitable organisations where I have met many unsung heroes and heroines.
My name is Olwyn and I am the Registered Manager for the region, I joined Capstone in September of this year. I have over 11 years’ experience working with foster carers and young people. I am passionate about supporting carers to enable them to give the best possible experience to young people in their care and achieve great outcomes for each and every one of them. I have joined a fantastic team of staff who are dedicated to the role of supporting carers and young people. I love spending weekends with my grandchildren, I love cooking and having all the family around to my home. I am looking forward to meeting with carers and young people in the future.
My name is Yvonne Crawford and I am senior practitioner/supervising social worker. I have worked for Capstone for approximately 5 years. Prior to this I worked as a child care social worker for many years and latterly team manager of Looked After Children’s team in Luton. In two/three years at Capstone my role as senior has involved specific responsibility for co-ordinating and looking after the foster carers in Luton/Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Bucks area. This is a region that is growing rapidly and we now have approximately 11 approved foster carers in the region with another 4 in the pipeline.
As you can imagine I am kept very busy as the only worker in the region but it has been an advantage knowing the carers from the point of initially visit to becoming the allocated SSW. I have also completed a couple of their form F assessment. I love being busy but we will need to look at having an additional worker to help me soon. My hobbies include going for long walks, going to the gym and attending church which is very important to me.
If you decide to call us, or submit a website form, I will respond to your fostering enquiry. I can give you some advice about fostering and by the end of our chat, we will usually know if you have the potential to foster with Capstone Foster Care. It’s important to ensure that before you make an enquiry, you have a spare bedroom and spare time to support a child in foster care. If the initial enquiry is successful, I would then organise a visit by a social worker to your home. This is so we can meet each other and discuss fostering in further detail.
I really enjoy speaking to people on the phone and finding out more about them. I have a background in customer service, and I will ensure that when you call Capstone Foster Care, you will be listened to and also given any information you need.
Hi I am Nikita, Office Coordinator at Capstone Foster Care Eastcote office. I started working with Capstone in 2010 and since then have been involved in different Admin tasks. My current role is to ensure Statutory Checks (DBS, Medical and LA check) are timely updated for foster carers and ensure smooth running of Eastcote office. I have always enjoyed my role, very confident and comfortable performing any assigned task.
Before coming to Capstone, I have always worked in Administration and Data processing field. Personally, I am peace loving person, love to meditate and passionate for cooking. Like to take challenges in life which helps me to grow personally and emotionally. In my spare time, I enjoy meeting friends and family.
I’m Helen, and I’m the Regional Training Coordinator for Capstone South East. I organise the training programme for carers across the region and track all training that happens. I’ve been with Capstone since the summer of 2013, having previously worked for 5 years for another private fostering service. I work at the Ashford office and live near the beach in Folkestone, Kent.
I’m Ali and I’m the Office Manager at the Ashford Office of Capstone Foster Care South East. My role is varied and involves a lot of Admin work and chasing to ensure that our records are compliant. Alongside this I run a number of Audits for the whole of the South East area and liaise regularly with Management and the Supervising Social Workers. I am often called upon to support the Supervising Social Workers and always happy to do this and like to think of myself as proactive as opposed to reactive! I have been with Capstone since July 2013, having previously worked for another Independent Fostering Agency for almost 10 years, where I gained an HR Qualification.
I joined Capstone in September 2016, moving over from an Insurance background. I’m the Placements Officer, so it’s my job to manage the referrals that we receive and try and match them to available carers. I enjoy interacting with the team and the Foster Carers that we have. Every carer is different and that makes my job more enjoyable, being able to converse with a diverse group of people. The best part of my job however is knowing that I’m helping provide a safe and secure home for young people at need. Job satisfaction doesn’t get much better than that.
My name is Mark. I am a supervising social worker, and have been employed by Capstone since January 2016. My role is to support foster carers in and around London. I moved to London to work for Capstone and am really enjoying city life. However, in my free time I love to load up the Land Rover, leave the city behind and head into the country or the coast. After completing my social work qualification in 2011, I worked for a local authority as a children’s social worker. I then moved to the fostering team supporting current foster carers and conducting assessments of potential carers before moving to my current post with Capstone. My motivation to become a social worker was to help children and young people thrive and enjoy life and this is still true today.
Hi. I joined Capstone in November 2015 as the Administration / Support Worker for the Dartford Office. I brought with me 15 years’ experience as a foster carer. I have looked after a lot of children, and truly understand that fostering is extremely rewarding, but also can be very emotional.
In June 2017 my role as Social Work Assistant started. As part of my role I am able to offer emotional and practical support to foster carers and their looked after children. I really enjoy talking to carers and children, sharing experiences, and offering a safe space to talk.
Working with fostering families and looked after children is something which I am very passionate about, and I hope that I am able to make a difference in people’s lives.
Meet Helen C
I’m Helen, Senior Social Worker based in the Ashford office. I am fortunate to have worked for Capstone for three years alongside my lovely colleagues in the “A” team (Ashford Office). We are a friendly bunch and thoroughly enjoy supporting our carers living mostly in the East Kent area. In the time I have been with Capstone it has grown from a blend of fostering organisations including our own, to one that now has its own individual sense of identity and purpose focussing on providing excellent support for carers in meeting the needs of children from a range of backgrounds and with their own personal challenges. Its rewarding work and we know that Capstone is keen to listen, evolve and constantly improve its service to those it supports. For me working with Capstone is about helping our families and the children they support feel they are part of something, an organisation that cares about them and is here to respond if they need advice and support. It is having fun times together be it trips to the pantomime, picnics at a local zoo park or bowling together. Also the serious stuff that is so important like helping deliver training for new carers at the Skills to Foster Course, and other courses to help our carers gain a pride in their professional role and understand the importance of training when supporting children. Outside of work I run a Brownie pack of thirty girls and am a keen Grandma of five beautiful grandchildren enjoying family time together in the amazing countryside outside Dover or at the beach.
My name is Lara and I am one of the Children and Young People’s Champions for Capstone South East. My work life has centered on working with adults and children from different backgrounds, in many different settings.
I am passionate about supporting children and young people to have a voice during their journey in care, which is why I applied for the job at Capstone.
My aim is to be available and approachable, someone that young people find easy and comfortable to talk with, and able to share their thoughts and ideas.
I’m organising some workshops and activities to give me a chance to meet all our children and young people, to tell them about my ideas and plans for helping and supporting them. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to hear what they want from me. I’m really looking forward to meeting them!
In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and friends and encouraging my two daughters with all their various hobbies and interests. I love fashion, music, travel and extreme sports like paragliding and motor sport!