On Thursday 11th July 2019 our Team Manager Amy Callaghan from our Midlands team was invited along with three
fostering families to meet with FosterTalk & Fosterline and the local MP and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi.

It was a a fantastic opportunity for Amy and our foster families to discuss the benefits of FosterTalk and the Fosterline service and discuss the recruitment and retention of foster carers across the Midlands region. It’s great that organisations such as FosterTalk exist to support current fostering families and those that are considering fostering in the future.

Amy said “Its always nice to work with other organisations to promote fostering and we thank Foster Talk and Fosterline for the invitation and opportunity.”

To mark the month of Ramadan (May 2019), staff were invited to join Adam D,
Adam B and Rumana based at our Heywood office to fast on Tuesday 28th May 2019 and the response was amazing.

Adam D was inspired to invite his colleagues to take part after hearing that one of our Non-Muslim foster carers took the decision to fast for the whole 30 days alongside him to gain a better understanding of Ramadan means to Muslims.

Fasting started from sunrise (3am) and closed at sunset (9:20pm) which meant staff lasted without food and water for around 18 hours.

Staff joined in across the North and reflected on the day; how they enjoyed experiencing this together. There was a realisation that together they were able to manage something that previously had sounded very daunting.

The most touching message was from Vivienne based at our Bradford office; how she remembered fasting was her choice, and there are people around the world that unfortunately do not have the same privilege.

The organisers all provided Medjoul Dates, from the Middle East, to their colleagues to take home to break their fast.

Adam D said: “It’s been a true pleasure sharing this day with my colleagues and a lot of discussions have taken place not just today but throughout the month from colleagues to understand the beliefs and practice involved.”

Staff are looking to taking part in ‘Fast A Day’ in 2020 to support our foster carers and children who will be fasting next year.

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!



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