Jena is a child supported by Capstone and she has shared the below update about her work experience placement at  Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

Jena PhotoI attended my work experience at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (The RAAM) and it was an incredible opportunity that I was extremely grateful to be a part of. The week consisted of an arrangement of activities, trips and jobs to do which included having a tour around the museum, Exeter’s Historical Guildhall, and Cathedral and the RAMM’s ARK where they store thousands of preserved artefacts in their collection. Even though we did a lot of fun and exciting tasks, we also participated in an arrangement of more time consuming and ‘realistic’ jobs that we would undergo as staff such as doing the post run, writing a report about what events would be suitable and engaging for teenagers, copying data onto a computer and waiting at the door to welcome visitors for long durations.

These activities and tasks enabled us to have as fun an experience as we could whilst also giving us an insight on how the work force operates and the time consuming tasks necessary for these so as to not sugar-coat the work done in the Museum. This experience has encouraged me to consider a career in something like conservation, archaeology, specialise in the study of an era, or simply to work through museums alone. I have also established the desire to become a casual at the RAMM, where I would work at the museum through volunteering and could work on days that suit me best. This option is accessible to me at the age of 18 and the freedom of choosing when I work would give me the flexibility to balance my voluntary work with college and a part-time payed job, also.

By Jena Button (15)

IMG_9411The second of our summer activities events took place on Tuesday 9th August at Bristol Zoo Gardens. We met at the entrance at 10:30 a.m. 19 carers, 4 staff members and a whopping 36 children between the ages of 2 and 18 years joined in the fun!

It was a beautiful sunny day which enabled carers and children to explore the Zoo at their own pace and leisure. There were lots of different animals to see including the monkeys, lions, penguins, sea lions, butterflies and many more. Also around the Zoo were different interactive activities for children and adults to join in with and if you were lucky you could see some of the animals being fed. There was also a creative flare to be felt with a number of different sculptures and art work around for people to enjoy. Children could also be creative themselves making face masks in the activity centre. There was lots to do to keep busy!

We re-grouped on the lawn in the gardens at 1 o’clock for a picnic lunch.  After which, carers and children were able to continue exploring the Zoo.  A wonderful day was had by all!

Thanks to all who came!

Feedback from this event:

“Thank you Tina and the Capstone team, just had a really great second day out organised for us! Came home today with 5 very tired kids (aged between 4 and 14!)” from L in Somerset

A from Bath said “they think that Capstone activities are brilliant and that they always enjoy them”

A from Wiltshire (9 years of age) said “the Zoo was cool and my best bit was the bats

For any future visits to Bristol Zoo, foster carers caring for children who are disabled or with a statement of SEN will be able to enter Bristol Zoo free of charge Please see more details on their website

Over the course of 3 days at the end of July, we participated in the largest show of its kind.  The New Forest Show is held at the New Park Show Ground in Brockenhurst, in the New Forest every year.  The show consists of hundreds of different activities for the family and a huge variety of stall holders alike.  There was family fun, including the forest fun factory, shoe farm – whereby local farmers and handlers compete for the best sheep or pig.  There was also tractor tug of wars, world record attempts at welly throwing and dog trainers showing off their skills.  In fact far to many events to mention here!

We thought this would be an ideal venue to speak to a wide variety of people about fostering and to promote Capstone as the best agency to be able to achieve this.  Over the course of the 3 days we spoke to dozens of people about fostering and lots of people had very positive things to discuss with us, and it was lovely to meet so many people.  We had lots of questions from lots of different people and there were several questions along the same theme which was – am I too old or I’m too  young to foster.  Well we set the record straight and said that as long as you have the energy and enthusiasm then age isn’t a barrier!

We gave out lots of leaflets, flyers and marketing products such as pens and trolley tokens, to ensure we spread the word about Capstone fostering and hope that this pays benefits in the months to come.  We took several names of people who wanted a follow up phone call so hopefully these people may go on to support children in need of a fostering family.

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