On Tuesday 2nd October, staff from our Dartford office attended a team volunteering day at Bexley Foodbank. Sandy Birha the Dartford Team Manager got in touch with Gillian Bates who is responsible for the overseeing of Bexley Foodbank to arrange the day and made the choice for staff to lend a helping hand to this great cause.

A lot of our looked after children have come from low income families and may have experienced attending a foodbank when living with birth families. Also when our children and young people have been missing they have often used foodbanks as a means to get by during that period. Gillian advised that although they have a lot of volunteers for the face to face service of providing the food parcels to individuals and families that attend the centres, they do not have many volunteers for the sorting of the food at their storage unit.

Therefore day consisted of a lot of heavy lifting and sorting through donated food to arrange by date. Our team dealt with the Pasta, Cereal and Tinned meat that will go out to help families between now and July 2019. Something interesting taken from the day was that the foodbanks get a lot of tins and pasta but what they really could do with having more of is long-life milk and juice.

 

It really was a great day in which the whole team pulled together. There was a real sense of teamwork and accomplishment.


On Saturday 22nd December, we held our Festive Party for our London office with a wonderful attendance from our CEO Richard, members of staff, foster carers, looked after children, birth children and even some of the foster carer’s grandchildren!

It was a fantastic afternoon which was action packed with a lovely lunch and entertainment from a magician and some of our staff members and looked after children, before a visit from Santa who presented all of the children in attendance with some lovely gifts and vouchers. The party ended with lots of music and dancing and everyone seemed to be having a great time!

Thank you to everyone who attended the party and we look forward to seeing you all in the near future. Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2019!

The children had a visit from Santa

Our staff and foster carers all had a fantastic time at the party


This year Capstone South East have gone the extra mile to spread joy and happiness to those in need the most at Christmas. On 30th November, our London team donated their ‘Secret Santa’ fund, to purchase and deliver gifts to a local Samaritan’s Shop in Harrow. As a fostering agency, we are fully aware of the increasing need for mental health services, so in recognition of this, they decided to support the longstanding charity who supports these services for children and adults. The trustee Judith said ‘Thank you once again and please pass on our thanks to all your team’!

Sam with the presents that have been donated

In addition, on Tuesday 18th December, the staff from our Dartford office delivered over 70 presents to Demelza House, a local children’s hospice. From staff donations we were able to purchase toys, games, crafts and stocking fillers for the children to enjoy this Christmas.
 
Demelza’s vision is to make life better for children and young people who have serious or terminal conditions. It is an organisation that provides support not only to the children but also to the families who love them. We are proud to support such an amazing organisation and want to wish you all a lovely Christmas!

Well done to both our London and Dartford teams who have shown fantastic kindness and generosity!

Our Dartford team outside the hospice

Presents that have been donated for the children at the hospice

 

 

 


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