Capstone Foster Care Blog

On Friday 7th December, we held our Dartford Christmas Party. We had a fantastic turnout of staff, foster carers, looked-after children and even birth children, who all attended to celebrate 😁🎅
 
It was a wonderful evening with lots of fun, treats and dancing. The children were especially excited to have a surprise visit from Santa who came with lots of gifts for the attending children. Thank you to everyone who attended, it was lovely to see you all there and we look forward to making lots more memories in 2019.
      

Hundreds of Mancunians slept out to raise awareness of youth homelessness. Three of our team from Capstone Foster Care joined them.

On the 29th November three of our team swapped their beds for sleeping bags to raise funds for the youth homeless charity Centrepoint. Sleep Out is Centrepoint’s flagship annual event, taking over the unheated Victoria Baths.

Sleep Out doesn’t aim to replicate what it’s like to be homeless, but it does give you an insight into the challenges faced by homeless young people: the biting cold; the lack of control; and the struggle to carry on with the next day on minimal sleep. Everyone who took part had a fundraising challenge to reach over £350 each.

Funds raised will support Centrepoint’s work in Greater Manchester. The charity began working in the region earlier this year, supporting 2,000 young people each year. Centrepoint provides practical support and advice for those at risk of homelessness, and helps young people to turn their lives around by gaining essential life skills, tackling physical and mental health issues and moving into education or employment.

The night started so well as the team arrived around 7.30pm and were provided with a nice warm meal followed by entertainment for the night. 

Sharon, Jo and Sam found out more about Centrepoint and how they tackle youth homelessness and the effects it can have on the young people who have to cope with it daily. 

The team took part in workshops about the work Centrepoint undertake and even had a bed time poem read to them from Louise Wallwein MBE. Louise was brought up in 13 different children homes and wrote her first play aged just 17. At 11.30pm it was time for bed and the temperatures began to plummet.

They had only taken a sleeping bag, minimal layers and a roll mat.  Lights out happened at 12pm and they felt utterly disorientated once the darkness swept over them. Sleep seemed to elude the whole room with people turning and squirming on the cold marble floors. There was a great sense of vulnerability however, the crucial difference was normality was only a few hours away which is a far cry from those sleeping rough on the streets of Manchester every day.

By 6am the majority of the room began to stir, and the  Capstone team all awoke feeling achy, tired and grumpy but this is all part of the unique experience of Sleep Out! Every day, thousands of people have to get through long days of work or learning, having spent the night sleeping outside or in a dangerous place.

The great news is our team from Capstone Foster Care managed to pass the target and raised £1,150.16 towards the fantastic work Centrepoint achieves. We’re thrilled to also say that the fundraising total so far from the night is £65,937!


This November, three members from Capstone North, Sam, Sharon (SW) and Jo (SW) will be taking part in Centrepoint’s Sleep Out to break the cycle of youth homelessness! Sleeping out on a bitterly cold and damp November night won’t be an easy task but it will help to give some of society’s most vulnerable people the support they need to rebuild their lives.

Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people – but what does that actually mean? It means that, they support 10,000 young people every year. Centrepoint helps homeless young people, aged 16-25, to stay with Centrepoint for up to two years, they further support them for another six months to make sure they can also live independently.

Centrepoint provides accommodation, health support and life skills to get them back into education, training and employment.

Their team goal is to raise £700 to help them continue their important work. If you would like to donate, or find out more, please visit: https://sleepoutmanchester2018.everydayhero.com/uk/capstone-foster-care-supporting-youth-homelessness

It would also be great if you could spread the word about what Sam, Sharon and Jo are doing by sharing the link above with your friends and family. The more people that know, the more money we can raise!

Thanks in advance for your generosity – it means a lot!

Capstone Foster Care supporting youth homelessness!

Sam, Sharon & Jo


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