Foster child ‘T’ talks about her time with St John’s Ambulance Cadets for Child Safety Week. 

Martin and Julie my foster carers encouraged me to join St Johns Ambulance Cadets after trying various sporty activities which isn’t really me 🙂

Although at first I was really, really nervous and didn’t think I would enjoy it I did.

It is a small group and I was allowed to do as much as I felt confident with. My instructor is nice and friendly and very patient. The uniform is green and froglike but ok.

I have passed my Life Skills Level 1 and working towards my level 2. We get go to events as support such carnivals, rugby matches and shows.

I have learnt basic life skills and what to do in an emergency, how to do resuscitation and more, which is important for everyone to know!

Before I came into foster care I felt unable to do anything about my life but this has given me confidence and power and will help me in the future.

T 🙂


Jodie Mason, Marketing Coordinator and Alison Rickwood, Social Worker, will be doing a pre-marathon practice run at the beginning of May across Avon Beach between 16-18 miles. If you are interested in coming along for support and for a bbq afterwards on the beach, email alison.rickwood@capstonefostercare.co.uk or jodie.mason@capstonefostercare.co.uk for more information.

Ali Rickwood says:

As it is my 40th year on this planet; I wanted to do something special to celebrate; why not complete my first marathon!! And run it somewhere special!

When I read about Street Child, I knew that I had found something special. I was inspired by the work of Street Child and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in the Sierra Leone Marathon 2018. The money raised on my page will go towards providing a child with education, school uniform as well as training teachers. For example, a donation of £30 is enough to send a child to school for a year, or a £50 donation can supply a whole school with their teaching resources for a year.

Please help us help them by giving whatever you can:

Ali’s page

Jodie’s page

A massive Thank you to Capstone for supporting me to do this. Keep up to date with my training and photos on my Just Giving page and the Capstone website with my weekly blogs!.

If any of you have some ideas about how I can raise more money before I head out to Sierra Leone, that would be amazing, please do email or call me – I would welcome any support!!

I look forward to hearing from you 😊”

Check out Alison’s 5 minutes of fame on Salisbury TV:


Community Psychiatric Nurse, Team Leader – Georgina Cadby-Fisher, who has been working in mental health for 3 years has written an advice piece on how to spot the signs and provide support to somebody who is self-harming.

Georgina Cadby Fisher

What is self-harm?

So what do we mean by Self-harm? Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences that feel out of control. It can be the thing people turn to when they feel they have no other option.

Signs of potential self-harm:

There are not always obvious signs that somebody close to you may have begun self harming. But there are some signs you can look out for:

  • Unexplained cuts, bruises or burns
  • Wearing more clothing than usual to cover any evidence of self harm
  • Changes in eating or becoming secretive/obsessive about eating
  • Unusual weight loss or weight gain

So why do people self-harm?

There are many reasons people self-harm, such as being bullied, stress, bereavement, experiencing a form of abuse whether that’s sexual, physical or emotional.

  • If people are angry, self-harming can be a form of release of pent up anger or emotion
  • Self-harm can be a form of control for people if they feel they have no control over other aspects of their life
  • It can be for psychological reasons such as hearing voices that tell them to do it

Advice for people living with somebody that self-harms

Living with somebody or watching people close to you self harm can be difficult and distressing but there are things you can do to help:


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