April 2017 was a very exciting and busy month for the children and young people of Capstone South East.

creative supplies[1]Lara Gray, our recently appointed Children and Young People’s Champion, hosted Creative Workshops for 18 young people known to Capstone Dartford team.

It was a chance for the young people to meet Lara and tell her what is important to them, and what they want from Capstone as an agency. It was also an opportunity for the young people to meet and develop a sense of community with one another.box[1]

Lara asked the younger children to ‘go all out’ when designing a canvas and keepsake box to take home. There was paint, stickers and glitter aplenty used throughout the day. Alongside the creative chaos and fun, she also asked them to create a “My Family” chart which allowed the children to surround an image of them on a blank page with precut out figures representing people and animals important to them. After this task, one of the children expressed some surprise. “I didn’t realise I had so many people around me.” This was a positive way to show our young people that they are not alone. It was also really encouraging that the young people included our foster carers and social workers as part of their family.

Lara was blown away with the response. The level of enthusiasm, ideas and engagement was inspiring. Not to mention the creative masterpieces that were produced throughout the session! We were even treated to a song performed by a wonderfully talented 9-year-old who was eager to show what she could do!

When asked what the children enjoyed most from the workshop all concurred that meeting and getting to know Lara, the activities and the chance to meet other looked after children were their favourite things.

Some of the ideas that Lara was given will now be translated into more fun days out, learning workshops and support sessions for our children & young people.

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