Capstone Foster Care News

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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My husband and I have talked about fostering for many years. I am a qualified primary school teacher and have enjoyed working with children all my working life and we now have 2 children of our own too. We are just starting out on our fostering journey and are looking forward to our first placement. We feel we Meet Katie and Jonhave a lot to offer children who have not been as fortunate as our own, and we feel the time is right now as our own children are of an age that they can understand and embrace fostering with us.

We have only very recently completed our assessment process and are excited to now be officially registered foster carers. Capstone have been brilliant, from our initial enquiries and questions at the beginning, right through to going to panel last month. We also couldn’t have asked more of our allocated assessing social worker Tony. He was supportive and with his help the assessment process ran very smoothly and was not in any way as difficult as I’d anticipated it would be.

Since joining Capstone we have been made to feel extremely welcomed into the Capstone ‘family’. We have been invited to lots of events and groups, and the training we have done so far has been fantastic too. If you are considering fostering, I recommend you give Capstone a call as I know they will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Some years back I had just been appointed as a youth worker at my Church. I was working 4 days a week although once I had done everything I needed to do it wasn’t far off a full time job. I remember sitting have a meeting once with the pastor and talking about the fact that I struggled with being paid by my Church to do the work (I knew that it came out of everyone’s back pockets as we are not part of a federation of other churches).

The pastor laughed and said that I was wrong in thinking that I was getting paid for what I did. Now, I was confused! He went on to say that I was paid so that I didn’t have to go out and get a job. The money I was given was allocated so that the Church freed me up enough to work for them and I didn’t have to worry about paying the bills. Thus, the idea of what a stipend was slowly sank in and I felt better about taking that cash.

I have been talking to people recently about how we recruit foster carers and so often we seem to talk about money first. As a carer who loves what they do I find this so peculiar. Firstly, because it draws this sacred work into the salary rather than a stipend and secondly, and far more importantly, how would anyone do this work properly if money is your motivation?

How can vulnerable children be entered into families where they are still thought about as commodities being moved around? How can we talk about better outcomes when our primary motivations come from feeding ourselves rather than others? Having fostered for a few years now there have been times where the money we have been given has come easily and there are other times where things were so hard that I would have given back every penny with interest if you could just make the pain stop. So, surely we can’t hope to find the best of people for these roles by dangling cash carrots but rather talking about legacy, love, perseverance and family. It is these values that make a carer carry on, not money.

When I became a youth worker my salary halved overnight. It was a ridiculous career move to many but it was who I was meant to be and it was what I was meant to do. Money, was not enough I had discovered. I wanted to give back, to teach, to inspire, to journey with young people. I was freed up to do this. My hope is that we can inspire new and prospective carers in the same way. For these are the people we need to help this generation of young people so that they may have true riches in their work.


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