Anyone who lives close to Bradford might enjoy a trip to the Literature Festival that begins today and runs until May 29th. As well as appearances from over 350 authors, film makers and artists, there are some big family events in City Park. On Saturday, May 21, there will be a Superhero Day in the park, that will include interactive performances, workshops to help young people learn how be a superhero and make their own costumes, as well as a screening of Pixar modern classic The Incredibles.


The following day, there will be a number of events in the park around the theme of fairy tales. There will be a screening of Disney’s Peter Pan on the Big Screen and a live show based on the tale in the park, where the spectators will be asked to act as the Lost Boys.

The family event on Saturday, May 28 will be based around beloved author and illustrator Beatrix Potter and feature performances and workshops. Harry Potter fans are invited to celebrate the boy wizard’s adventures on Sunday May 29 for an event with live shows, workshops and a screening of the first Harry Potter film.

Teacher at Capstone Foster Care, Gavin says:

I’d recommend that foster carers to attend if possible. Anything that increases young peoples’ exposure to the world of books and stories is extremely valuable, helping them to engage in reading as a pleasurable activity. Research shows, as you would expect, that the more ‘reading miles’, or reading practice, a young person does, the better their reading comprehension and imagination will be. Comprehension of what they’ve read isn’t just important in English but across all school subjects.

Festival organisers have really tried to make the festival appeal to all ages. Syima Aslam, a co-organiser, said “A lot of the events we’ve planned for adults will also be of interest for young people too.”


To see what’s on each day, go to

Stoke City Council have launched a co-operative company to provide supported housing for care leavers as a part of pioneering attempts to improve outcomes.

It’s called the House Project Company and Children’s minister, Edward Timpson has said that it will be partly run by the young people it supports. The council decided to launch the scheme because “outcomes for care leavers are unacceptable”

Senior Practitioner, Alison Tasker who supports fostering families at Capstone Foster Care in Stoke said:

“Leaving care is a period of significant and change and potential vulnerability. It is a time when many of the support systems for young people are withdraw or cease. It is good to see that Stoke have taken a proactive stance in supporting care leavers and I would be interested in seeing how this project develops; especially in terms of promoting positive outcomes for young people. I would hope that there would be overall plans to support young people access and remain in good training, employment and educational opportunities, as well as receive support for any emotional and health needs. The involvement of young people in the planning of such services, I would hope, contribute to its success.”
At Capstone Foster Care we have additional support care leavers through the Capstone Care Leavers Trust and many of our young people remain in placement under “staying put” arrangements. Our carers start preparing young people for independence through budgeting skills, meal planning and preparation, home maintenance and promoting aspirations for the future.

We are looking for more foster carers in Barnstaple and across Devon. During Foster Care fortnight we will be hosting some events in Barnstaple to share information about fostering to people across the town who may be interested in fostering.

Event 1

Saturday 21st May – 10 am – 4 pm
Barnstaple Town Centre

Event 2

Thursday 26th May – 6pm – 9pm
The Barnstaple Hotel – EX31 1LE

Event 3

Saturday 4th June – 10am – 1pm
The Barnstaple Hotel – EX31 1LE

For further information or just an informal chat contact Jennifer Udall on 01454 423820

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