Every year our Heywood team organise for their foster families to attend a pantomime performance at the Oldham Coliseum and have been for the past ten years and have never been disappointed! This year, the panto was a really positive night – Oh, yes it was! We reserved 80 seats for our foster families and we were delighted that everyone attended and was able to enjoy the incredible performance of Cinderella.

What’s more, our children and young people even got the chance to meet the actors back stage before the show began! We weren’t sure who was more excited, the children or their carers! Everyone had a fabulous night and it was a great laugh and chance for foster families across the region to come together and socialise.

In addition, our Bradford team also organised a trip to the pantomime for their foster families and they too had a fantastic turnout of carers and children.

We received the following feedback from our carers:

“Thank you so much for organising this. It was E’s first experience of pantomime and he absolutely loved it. To see him enjoying something so much brought a tear to my eye!

I have to admit that I loved every minute too! I was like a big kid!

Thank you again”

Another carer added

“Just a message to say thank you to all at Capstone for organising Pantomime this year. It was a very enjoyable experience and a fabulous performance.

It is very much appreciated.” 

And again…

“A great day out for all and AR especially enjoyed the Hello wishee part. We liked his funny jokes. Looking forward to next year.”

“We enjoy days out like the pantomime etc… it’s lovely to see people and I feel we’re one big family”

It’s always fantastic to hear from our staff too who work incredibly hard with these families on a daily basis and see their hard work is paying off at events like this:

“As staff members, we thoroughly enjoyed Panto, the performances were fantastic, the jokes made us belly laugh, the 3D part was super scary, but the absolutely best part was seeing so many of our foster families together having a great time. And of course hearing one young man in particular join in with great gusto!! My eardrums have only just recovered!”

Here are some images from the Heywood pantomime evening. Everyone looks so happy!

This month, our staff and carers from our Heywood office have taken part in this year’s Key 103 mission appeal. We are so proud of how many carers got involved and brought in gifts to the office; we have had so many generous gifts that we have had to put them under our office tree!

Staff and carers were encouraged to donate any gift, providing it was brand new and unwrapped. We have had a fantastic collection which includes books, toys, sweets, games and much, much more.

Thank you to everyone that took part and has helped spread joy this Christmas to many children and young people across Manchester.

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!

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