A weekly support group for pregnant mums and young parents under 20 – young dads welcome too! What we have to offer … An opportunity to meet other parents of a similar age. Practical parenting advice and emotional support Information on accessing local parent and baby/toddler groups. Support when returning to school, college, work or apprenticeships. Benefit and housing advice…. Read More
Come and join our team of enthusiastic and professionally trained volunteers! After completing our three-week course, you could home visit a family in the local area, or help out in one of our family groups. The next course will be held on Tuesday 5th, 12th and 19th March 2019 at Home-Start Shepway. For more information, please see our Volunteering page… Read More
Supporting those experiencing domestic abuse. Rural One Stop Shop at Lydd’le Stars Children’s Centre from 12.30 to 14.30 on the last Thursday of the month.
A relaxed and welcoming group for women who have experienced domestic abuse Thursdays 9.30am to 11.30am (term-time only). * Make new friends and get peer support * Learn new craft skills * Bring your own ideas for art and craft projects * Enjoy leisure activities * Explore healthy lifestyles * Raise confidence and self-esteem * Get professional advice For more… Read More
Have lots of fun at our free sessions with your pre-school children in the community area and creative play room. Structured play activity, lots of toys and space to explore! Wednesday mornings from 9.00 to 11.00am (term-time only) at The Village Children’s Centre starting on 9th January 2019. Please call Home-Start Shepway on 01303 244836 to book your place. Children… Read More
Come along to our free parent and toddler group for pre-school children! Mondays from 1.00 to 2.30 pm (term-time only) at Shorncliffe Community Centre, Mackenzie Drive, Folkestone CT20 3LR. Lots of toys, activities, singing, healthy snacks and the chance to meet other parents. For more information, please contact Home-Start Shepway on 01303 244836.
Supporting those experiencing domestic abuse. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, receive access to free confidential advice, information and support from different agencies under one roof. No appointment necessary, but please allow sufficient time for your visit. Every Wednesday from 12.30 – 2.30pm. Folkestone Early Years Children’s Centre Dover Road CT20 1QF
Yesterday Home-Start Shepway held its Christmas Party for the families that we support, with a children’s disco, food, games, and a visit from Santa Claus and his Elf. We even had some (indoor) snow! It was lovely to see so many little ones (and their mums, dads, grandparents) enjoying themselves. Thank you so much to everyone who helped on the… Read More
On Tuesday 4th December, the first group of volunteers for Big Hopes Big Future successfully completed their two day training programme and following a celebration lunch were presented with their Volunteer Packs and BHBF Training Certificate. The new volunteers will be out in the New Year supporting families in their homes to help create and sustain positive early learning home… Read More
Home-Start Shepway is formally launching its ‘Building Bright Futures’ project today after receiving almost £500k of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the country. Following the success of Home-Start Shepway’s ‘Empowering Parents to Achieve’ project, ‘Building Bright Futures’ aims to develop individual pathways of support for families in the Folkestone and… Read More
Home-Start Shepway was at the Cheriton Co-op today to receive a cheque for £3,393.87 for the Butterflies Domestic Abuse Support Group – more info. here. A huge thank you to all Co-op members and staff for supporting us!
One of our volunteers, Julia, was a recipient of the “Badge of the Order of Mercy” earlier this year. It was presented to her at a ceremony at the Mansion House, London, by Rt Hon the Lord Lingfield Kt DL (President of the League of Mercy) followed by tea in the luxurious setting. There were just 26 other recipients from… Read More
Wednesday 8th August 2018 The Amphitheatre Lower Leas Coastal Park This annual event was another great success, attended by over 400 adults and children who joined in with the music, dancing, games, face painting and arts and crafts. The weather was ideal with a little breeze to cool the air (although it did also take the gazebo at times!)… Read More
We are delighted to announce that we have received a three-year grant from BBC Children in Need to run the Big Hopes Big Future Project. The grant will provide a Co-ordinator and Administrator, plus the resources to train volunteers to support 100 children a year aged 2-4 to become “school ready”. For more information, please see our Other Projects page.
24 Cheriton Gardens
Tel: 01303 244836
Office Hours: 9.00am - 4.30pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am - 4.00pm (Friday)
Answer phone outside office hours