A group of our foster carers and staff from our Hampshire office chased away the January blues this week and had a fantastic night out taking part in a Murder Mystery evening. Carers and staff were assigned scripted roles and asked to work out who the culprit was during a meal at the Avon Causeway’s own vintage railway carriage. Around 20 people came along and it was a brilliant evening with such fun had by all.

It’s wonderful to have opportunities like this for carers and staff to come together and let their hair down. Our next scheduled event will be the Annual Capstone (Hampshire office) Easter Egg Hunt which will be open to all carers, birth children and looked after children. The event will be held in during the half-term week and there will be a limited number of eggs to find by members of the public as part of an exercise to promote foster carer as a rewarding career.

 

 

 

 

 


Our looked after children and foster carers from Hampshire and Dorset spent a wonderful day at the Dorset Water Park on Saturday 28th. July.

The day kicked off at 11am with children and carers scrambling over the enormous inflatables on the lake, followed a picnic under a gazebo. The picnic provided the perfect opportunity for carers and young people to catch and enjoy the laid-back setting of the water park. It was lovely to see such an excellent turnout by carers and young people, and the feedback from all who attended was exceptionally positive.

The Watlings family said:

“Today we went to the Dorset Water Park. We had such a brilliant time, even our 6 year old daughter was able to take part for the first time, and she loved it. Thank you Capstone, for a great day, our family love the days organised by the social workers 👍”. Mia, aged 6 added, “I liked the life guard with the long hair, he was so nice and held my hand to help me across the difficult bits”.

The Friberg family added:

“We really enjoyed ourselves even though I didn’t take part in the activity, I had great fun watching everyone else. We really enjoy it when Capstone arrange days out, it’s a great opportunity to relax and have fun with the other carers. The children really enjoy seeing the other children, my own birth children enjoy meeting up with foster children we have had on respite in the past and our foster child enjoys mixing with other foster children. It was a nice change to do something different.”

We as a team would like to thank all those who attended, and we’d also like to thank all the foster carers who attended for their continued work and support with their young people. A special thanks goes to Nikki Youngs, who singlehandedly organised the entire day.

 


B one of our looked after children in the South West has found a new hobby that he has really connected with – Karting! B’s foster carer Trevor has been karting for about 40 years on and off which included racing at a local level and national level as an individual privateer and with his race team, Stars of Karting. B showed an interest in Karting so he progressed from watching to driving a kart. B has been easy to teach the art of motor racing and has become a good driver. Trevor hopes to enter B into a race sometime this year at Llandow or Clay pigeon raceway (where Jenson Button learned to drive with his father John Button).

B said “I like karting because I like to see how fast I can make the kart go. I also like to see how all of the mechanics work.”

Capstone are really happy that B has been inspired and Trevor has helped B to grow in confidence and develop his skills in Karting. We can’t to follow their journey together and who knows he may just become the next Lewis Hamilton.


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