Over the course of 3 days at the end of July, we participated in the largest show of its kind.  The New Forest Show is held at the New Park Show Ground in Brockenhurst, in the New Forest every year.  The show consists of hundreds of different activities for the family and a huge variety of stall holders alike.  There was family fun, including the forest fun factory, shoe farm – whereby local farmers and handlers compete for the best sheep or pig.  There was also tractor tug of wars, world record attempts at welly throwing and dog trainers showing off their skills.  In fact far to many events to mention here!

We thought this would be an ideal venue to speak to a wide variety of people about fostering and to promote Capstone as the best agency to be able to achieve this.  Over the course of the 3 days we spoke to dozens of people about fostering and lots of people had very positive things to discuss with us, and it was lovely to meet so many people.  We had lots of questions from lots of different people and there were several questions along the same theme which was – am I too old or I’m too  young to foster.  Well we set the record straight and said that as long as you have the energy and enthusiasm then age isn’t a barrier!

We gave out lots of leaflets, flyers and marketing products such as pens and trolley tokens, to ensure we spread the word about Capstone fostering and hope that this pays benefits in the months to come.  We took several names of people who wanted a follow up phone call so hopefully these people may go on to support children in need of a fostering family.

FreweiniAt Capstone we know that it’s important to offer support to carers in a variety of ways. In addition to building relationships with our staff team we also encourage foster carers to get together and support each other too.

That’s why we regularly facilitate support groups, which is an opportunity for carers to meet up, have a chat about fostering, and share ideas on how to make their fostering experience the best that it can be.

The support group was facilitated by Team Manager Roxanne and also attended by new recruit, Priya our Carer Recruitment Assistant who shared updates about Capstone and news about the local team.

On this occasion foster carers got together at a carer’s home. Freweine volunteered to host the support group and to the delight of other carers she prepared a traditional Eritrean buffet for everyone.

Freweini is one our most experienced carers. She has supported over 50 children since she joined Capstone in 2002. Freiweine said:

“I was pleased to host the group at my home it was a great chance to meet each other and get to know better other carers and new staff from Capstone”.

IMG_2156Karen Winser from our South West team and her daughter Jean completed the 2016 Sleep Walk for Rowcroft Hospice in July. They walked 10 miles along the Paignton and Torquay Coast line in 3 hours and were very happy with that time

Karen said:

“Knowing you got a medal and a bacon buttie at the finish line made it all that more worthwhile. We have raised a remarkable £200 so far!”

The sleep walk was a 80’s theme this year and they decided to think outside the box and Jean came up with the idea of dressing up as Rubiks Cubes! Mother and daughter searched high and low and found their amazing costumes.

Jean said:

“We had many positive comments on the walk about our outfits and we entered into the best dressed team!”

The hospice they are fundraising for, Rowcroft, provides amazing respite and end of life care.

Karen said: “They really looked after my nan at the end of her life, they also provided special care for a close friend’s mum. This is why we continue to support this charity on a regular basis, without this service many families would not have the opportunity to spend quality time with their loved ones.”

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