08-08-16_2016-08 16 16 29Fostering was something we had been talking about together, as a family for several years before we applied to Capstone. I think what we wanted to achieve was summed up by Jessica Matthews  in The Fostering Network magazine, “CAHMS In Crisis” article which touched on the importance of healthy, happy, family attachments; “I have seen children blossom when the simple things happen…that wonderful, ordinary family life that foster carers are so well placed to offer.” We wanted to give children who had had a difficult start in life the ordinary, loving, family life our own children are able to take for granted.

During our first year as foster carers with Capstone, we have had several placements, each one has come with it’s own unique set of challenges and we have had to draw on our Capstone training as well as the experience of our Supervising Social Worker. Remaining calm in a crisis is definitely a useful trait, as is a good dollop of common sense! Although we were well trained before our first placement and throughout the year, I’m not sure that any amount of training can fully prepare you and we did a fair amount of learning “on the job” with the support of our Capstone Social Worker and the Capstone Out Of Hours service!

The children who have been placed with us have all had relatively short stays. Although this has sometimes felt frustrating, we gain comfort from the fact that during the short time the children were with us, we have been able to offer them an insight into a loving, supportive, family life and give them simple experiences which they may otherwise not have had. We are also proud of the fact that we have formed good relationships with the young people who have stayed with us, even though they have not been with us that long. Having a variety of fostering placements has also meant that we have also had a huge variety of experiences in working with the unique personalities of each child. Hopefully we will be able to take these experiences forward with us into the next year of fostering!

Kharissa & family – Hampshire

Join your local Capstone team for coffee and cakes in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research on Friday 30th September 2016.

Capstone teams across England will be hosting a coffee morning, inviting carers, members of the public, and anyone interested in finding out more about Capstone.

We will provide the cakes, coffee, tea and other refreshments; all you need to do is turn up and join us.

Having a coffee and a cuppa is the perfect way to catch up with other carers, or for anyone interested in fostering to pop into meet our team.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. They ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone they raised £25 million and this year they are aiming to raise even more.

The Capstone teams below will be hosting a local coffee morning in the following locations. Click on each area to find out more about the local office.





Capstone CEO, Richard Compton-Burnett, getting involved in a Macmillan Coffee Morning in Oldham in 2015.

Capstone CEO, Richard Compton-Burnett, getting involved in a Macmillan Coffee Morning in Oldham in 2015.

15 year old twins, Callum and Freya Roberts, have climbed two of Britain’s highest peaks, Scafell Pike and Snowdon to raise money for Amigos, a Barnstaple based charity who support Ugandans to work their way out of poverty with dignity.

The hike up Scafell Pike took 9 hours to complete and the climb up Snowdon took 6 hours. The Snowdon ascent was far more challenging as they undertook it barefoot!

Freya said “The Snowdon walk was painful and we have a few bruises on our feet. It was a relief to put our boots on at the summit before the long climb down”

Callum said “We prepared for the challenge by walking barefoot on Exmoor and we applied surgical spirit to our feet for 2 weeks before the climb. We didn’t realise how difficult it would be as the ground was very rough but we are really glad we did it”           `

The twins are students at Pilton Community College and they will be visiting Uganda in October as part of a charitable school trip. They have visited Uganda when they were 10 years old with their parents when they went to meet their Amigos sponsored child and his family. They are looking forward to seeing them again as well as meeting and working alongside students at the Kira Farm Training Centre.

“We have been saving up for ages to pay for the cost of the trip ourselves. We have done this by saving our pocket money, Saturday and holiday job wages, Christmas and birthday money and we have sold lots of our old possessions”

Family and friends have sponsored them to climb the mountains and they have managed to raise £1549 which will go directly to Amigos for the great work that they do. They are still collecting donations on their Virgin money giving page:  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/callumandfreya4amigosKids climb Mount Snowdon

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