With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve teamed up with the fantastic team at Behind The Magic Door to bring you an exclusive discount of 40% off their gorgeous personalised children’s books!

These books make the ideal gift for any special little ones and are a great bedtime story for kids ages 0-8. Every story is different and unique to each child, so B-E-N would have a different story to T-H-O-M-A-S, and K-A-T-I-E would be different to S-O-P-H-I-E.

Rather than simply inserting your child’s name into a template, Behind The Magic Door let you create your own characters and build an adventure based on their name, e.g. SHELLY would have a story based around a Snake, Hyena, Elephant, Lion, Llama and a Yeti.

These books normally cost £19.99 each and come with FREE delivery worldwide, but as a special gift to our foster carers and Capstone family, we are offering 40% off! Simply enter code foster40 into the Discount Code box during online checkout to receive your Capstone exclusive deal.

tall-ships-1My name is Alison, I am a supervising social worker in Capstone North. I wanted to introduce foster carers and young people to the Tall Ships Youth Trust. This charitable organisation is close to my heart and as a volunteer I have undertaken 13 voyages to date, on board the Stavros S Niarchos, a 200ft Brig. 

In 2006 I organised a voyage for three looked after young people whom I worked with, two young men and a young woman. They had never sailed before and the voyage gave them invaluable experience, both socially and educationally. We sailed from Lisbon to Cadiz then onto Gibraltar, a total distance of 423 nautical miles. To add to the excitement, whilst in Cadiz the young people were involved in an on shore Tall Ships parade involving ships crews from all over Europe. 

The three young people became part of the voyage crew, which consisted of 44 young people, aged between 16 and 25 years old. I supported the young woman to overcome her fear of heights and climb to the royals, at 120 feet. A major achievement and no doubt a memory she will treasure throughout her life. I recently met her by chance in a train station (now in her 30’s)  she turned to her boyfriend and said, “this is the lady who took me on that big ship”. In my volunteer role as youth mentor, I have felt privileged to work alongside young people from many different backgrounds 

A note from my tall ship diary: “ This has been a fantastic voyage. The spectacular night sky with stars so bright and vibrant, along with beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Not to mention the sight of dolphins, playfully crossing the ships bow. This truly is nature at its best”

For more information visit  the website: tallships.org or email: info@tallships.org

roller skatingOn the 26th August 2016 a group of almost 30 Capstone foster carers, children, friends and family joined two Capstone social workers at the Bournemouth International Centre in a 2 hour adventure at the Roller Coast Roller Rink.

It was an experience full of laughter, music, some falls and, of course, roller skating. Almost everyone had a try at the rink and it was amazing to see how much fun adults and children were having together.

We all encouraged each other and the experienced roller skaters were a great help to the very brave first timers; there were even some hidden roller skating talents discovered!

It was a bright, sunny day and, once we were all able to put our feet back on steady ground, some people teamed up and spent the rest of the afternoon at the Bournemouth beach or town centre.

A big thank you to all that participated in this little adventure. We look forward to making some more fun memories with you and continue to build brighter futures together.