We’re really proud to be sponsoring a local football team from Plymouth, the under 13’s YMCA football team. We heard they needed funds for their kit and we were only too pleased to help. The team play in a local Devon under 13s league and have seen some great success, gaining two league promotions and winning a league cup all within the past 2 seasons! They are now competing in the Top Division, and they look the part in their new kits.

Area Manager, Gareth Griffiths said: “

We’re delighted to sponsor an under 13s local children’s football team.  We are always looking for opportunities to support local sports teams, charities and other good causes as we ourselves support children and young people through fostering.  It raises our profile locally as we hope to recruit foster carers in your area because there is a real shortage of foster carers across Devon and Cornwall.”

The team said: “Thanks so much for sponsoring us, Capstone. We know it’s going to be a challenging season for us, we’re trying to use all the experience we’ve gained so far, and be even more successful in the future, we’ll update you with our progress throughout the year”.

In the photo, Marketing Co-ordinator Karen Winser presents a cheque to the team of £350 to sponsor their kit.

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Our Devon Team, based in Kingsteignton, wanted to donate Christmas goods to a local charity who help and support local families living in poverty. There are several areas in Devon that are in the top 10 most deprived areas of the country, including Teignbridge and Buckland and Milber.

A local charity called Teignbridge Homeless Action Today (THAT) is tackling the local issue and we decided to support them. We met up with a local volunteer, Margaret, and here is what she had to say:

“We aim to assist the people who come to us by supplying them with essential items such as food, toiletries and furniture. We also provide internet and computer access, and offer advice and a place to chat. 

As well as helping members of the community with issues that need immediate attention, we also strive to ensure those who we support have fewer problems in the future by working together to address the underlying issues that are causing the problem and we take steps to minimise them.”

Karen Winser, Marketing Co-ordinator at Capstone took along a hamper to THAT which was put together by Capstone Staff. Here she is telling us more about it:

 

 

 

1 in 5 people in the UK are living in below the poverty line. There are 2.3 million children living in poverty in this country and 63% of these are in a family in which someone works. Charities like THAT are important to communities where poverty levels are high, as they aim to provide individuals and families living in poor conditions with much-needed support whilst working to eradicate deprivation and poverty.
Below are the types of items which are offered at THAT:

  • Various kinds of food packs
  • Toiletry packs
  • Home start packs
  • Fruit and veg vouchers
  • Free open access computer
  • CAB Information
  • Referrals to others who can help
  • A friendly chat and a cup of tea

THAT receive donations in the form of money, food and home essentials from the public and Partner Organisations , people in need can then obtain a voucher from THAT or one of their Partner Organisations and can bring it to their premises and exchange it for the required items. Their services can be used by anyone who is in need of food whether homeless or not, or by support workers who take food to the people they support.  If you would like more information about how THAT can help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. http://www.thatfoodbank.com 

There are many children and families who need help in so many ways. One way to support children and families is to become a foster carer. If you are interested in fostering, please contact us to register your interest and find out more information.


Jules has been supporting children as a foster carer for Capstone for over 9 years in Westward Ho. Jules wanted to do something to support unaccompanied refugee children after reports emerged of 1500 children living in desperate conditions in Calais once the ‘Jungle’  was destroyed and burnt down.  Children were sleeping in the burnt out and demolished camp, with no water, little food and Jules responded to a social media campaign by ‘Calais Action’  requesting donations of food and belongings to support the young people. Eventually the children were accounted for by French authorities, and the plan was to move them to the UK once legislation was agreed.

In preparation for their arrival and to support the campaign being run by Calais Action, Jules decided to do her best to help:jl pic[2]

“Firstly I wanted to get people together on the Westward Ho Community Facebook page to donate a welcome present for the children to help them feel accepted here.  I rang the Mayor and councillor of Torrington who thought it was a wonderful idea and thanked me. She suggested if I was going to do anything would I ask for clothes shoes toiletries etc.  I also asked the locals to write some welcome cards, they responded, the cards were fantastic, so very thoughtful and kind. 

I always put myself in others shoes and just can’t imagine how traumatised these children must feel coming here standing up in the clothes they were wearing. I’m so glad I was able to help these young people with the support of my the community.”

Jules collected trainers, clothes and toiletries. The items were donated to North Devon Refuge Solidarity Group in preparation of the arrival of children. It’s likely that many unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) will be looked after in time by foster carers, and we support our foster carers very closely to look after unaccompanied and refugee children and young people. Our training covers topics to help foster carers:

  • understand the legal status and position of unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children
  • identify the complex and diverse needs of this group of children and the possible ways of meeting these needs
  • understand the impact of the “refugee-making” process and the role of carers in this
  • describe the impact of trauma, loss and separation on children and young people
  • consider the impact on carers and the specific skills that may be needed to care for unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children.

There are many ways that you can support children children in crisis, from both home and abroad. If fostering is something you are interested we would like to hear from you.


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