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Loughborough Echo: Snowflake cash for Home-Start
HOUSES across a Loughborough neighbourhood filled with snowflakes as part of a new festival to raise money for children’s charity Home-Start UK.
Inspired by Heather Scarecrow Festival, Annie O’Brian, of Cambridge Street, who works for the charity, teamed up with Glenda Thomson to come up with the idea of a Snowflake Festival as part of Home-Start’s national Snowflake Appeal. In total 30 teams, made up of homes and community groups in and around Cambridge Street, signed up to take part – decorating their homes with snowflakes, ranging from chocolate wrappers to crochet.
Judges from Churchgate bistro Goodliffe’s then toured the area to pick their favourite design. The winners, Team Young – who decorated their house with fake snow – will receive a meal for two at the restaurant.
The displays stayed up for a week for members of the public to see and maps detailing their locations were available from Toothill Grocers in exchange for a small donation to the charity. All those who took part also got together to enjoy hot chocolate, soup and cakes – all with a snowflake theme.
Altogether £230 was raised. Read more
My story - Home-Start volunteer Emma Pullen
Volunteering for Home-Start has turned out to be a whole lot different than I ever imagined. What started out to be giving a bit of my time to those who are less fortunate, has opened up a whole new career for me, working with children and families.
As a mother of three grown-up children, with plenty of support, I have begun to realise how much more prepared for parenthood I was than I actually thought at the time. Although I was fairly young as a first-time mum, my life skills and advantages in life prepared me somewhat for the challenges ahead. Volunteering has opened my eyes to the hardships some families face, from stigma and prejudice, to lack of education. Read more
Charity's chief executive Rob Parkinson visits Home-Start North Dorset
The new chief executive of Home-Start UK paid a visit to the charity’s North Dorset office. Rob Parkinson, who took up his post in September, joined the team at their office in The Exchange at Sturminster Newton. He has visited more than 70 schemes to listen to trustees, volunteers and staff about their experiences helping families overcome problems.
The North Dorset trustees talked to him about the problems caused by rural isolation, lack of public transport, employment issues and the challenge of attracting funding. Scheme organiser Jamie Keast spoke about the need to fund an additional family worker.
Home-Start North Dorset now has 37 trained volunteers and staff are working to capacity. Read More
Home-Start Lindsey launches new parent support
A new project supporting separated and separating parents is being launched by Home-Start East Lindsey.
‘Splitting Up? Put Kids First’ aims to provide parents with online help and support at an early stage of separation, helping to secure better outcomes for children involved. ‘Splitting Up? Put Kids First’ is funded by the Department of Work and Pensions Innovation Fund and Home-Start is collaborating with OnePlusOne and the Matters Institute. Home-Start East Lindsey is one of eight local Home-Starts across the UK piloting this early intervention tool for parents that have separated, or are in the process of separating. Read more
Mary still loves volunteering for Home-Start Kirkaldy after 15 years
It was a love of children which persuaded Mary McOuat to become a volunteer for the family support charity Home-Start. And today, 15 years on, she still gets satisfaction knowing that she is helping to make a difference to families struggling to cope through disability, isolation, mental health issues, or any other number of reasons.
Mary (75), now lives in Freuchie and travels to Kirkcaldy at least twice a week to assist her nominated family and to help run the Home-Start creche which operates two afternoons a week from the charity’s South Fergus Place premises.
“I became involved after reading an advert after I retired, saying Home-Start in Kirkcaldy was looking for volunteers. At the time I lived in Glenrothes, but I thought this was something that I would enjoy because of my love of children – I have four of my own – and I applied.”
After completing a preparation course and undergoing enhanced disclosure checks, Mary became a volunteer and was paired up with a suitable family, which she ended up helping for eight years. Read more