Saddleworth Sonics are a basketball team based in the North West, they’ve played together for a number of years but unfortunately team funds haven’t managed to stretch far enough to update their kit. Capstone Foster Care has a keen interest in this team due to family involvements and decided to surprise the team by sponsoring a brand new kit to make them feel special, this was handed to them last Friday.Read what the parents had to say…
“The parents of Saddleworth Sonics basketball team have said: Thank you to Capstone Foster Care for sponsoring the kit, they played in it on Friday evening (lost the game!) but they are 15-16 yr olds playing in an under 18s league so doing ok. It was nice to see them in a matching kit.”
Catherine Lockett, Regional Director (North) at Capstone said it was a pleasure to hand the team their new kit, the team beamed with pride to wear the kit and spirits where high throughout the night.
Taking a child on to foster because you feel pressured by your agency, or because you haven’t had a placement in a while, or because you’ve been presented with countless referral forms and haven’t by this point clicked with a single one, are not good enough reasons to say yes to fostering the child listed on the forms in front of you.
You will only ever be able to take on one child at a time (generally speaking), so as long as you do in fact take one on, you are fulfilling your role, you are doing your bit for the agency supporting you, and you are giving one more child a chance at a happy and healthy home life.
I hope my mum reads this blog. She’s always been worried about who I’ll end up sharing my home with since becoming a Foster Carer. No matter how many times I tell her that I have a say in the matter, she still remains under the impression that you have a child forced upon you as soon as a case comes up.
To my mum, and to anyone else out there who has questions about this – let me assure you, it doesn’t happen like that
The foster agency will do all they can to find you a ‘match’ – a child who they believe would fit into your family and enjoy the same lifestyle options as the people within it. Additionally, they try to match you with a child who has needs that they know your skill-set would be suited to dealing with. This needs to be how it works with a good agency, because the last thing they want is to make a wrong pairing and watch as it all falls apart. That scenario is emotionally distressing for everyone, but it will always be the child that suffers the most, and nobody wants that.
Sometimes though, not enough is known about a child to make a close match, and assumptions need to be made. As a result, the foster agency will often present you with cases that leave you with more questions than there are answers. I have full respect for any carer who can overlook all of that and simply open their arms, hearts, minds and doors to these children. I’m ashamed to say I’m not like that. I need to know that everything about the match feels right, because I would not be able to carry on as a Foster Carer if at some point in the future I actively knew I was setting myself up for a potential placement breakdown.
Working with teenagers, maybe I’m just used to saying no, but it’s something I would advocate all carers should feel free to do when making an actual life-changing decision.
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
Home start packs
Fruit and veg vouchers
Free open access computer
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.