01303 244836


Half Term

  • May 25th, 2019

The Home-Start Shepway office is closed on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th May 2019. We are open as usual from Wednesday 29th May 2019 onwards, but some of our regular groups are taking a break during the school holidays.

Child Contact Course

  • May 23rd, 2019

Having adequate information on child contact can help arrange contact positively for children Would you like to learn more about any of the following? The principles of child contact Options in approaching child contact Mediation Child contact handovers When an application to the court may be necessary How to apply for a Child Arrangement Order Come along to our three-day… Read More

Building Bright Futures – Dads Group

  • May 21st, 2019

Come and join us at our free group for dads and pre-school children! Every Monday from 3 June to 22 July 2019 from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm at Folkestone Sports Centre. Snack for each child Bouncy castle Soft play Ball pool To book your place, please call Home-Start Shepway on 01303 244836.

Coffee and Cake Sale at Chittendens

  • May 11th, 2019

We are very grateful to Ryan Kennedy (pictured here with Sam O’Connor) of Chittendens Funeral Service for volunteering to take care of the garden at Home-Start Shepway. Thank you, Ryan – it looks so much better now! Chittendens are holding an open day/coffee and cake sale (to help fund their community projects) on Tuesday 14 May 2019 from 10.00 to 4.00 at… Read More

Shorncliffe Community Centre Parent and Toddler Group

  • April 29th, 2019

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.  

Young Active Parents (YAPs)

  • April 25th, 2019

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 One-to-one support 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… Read More

Rural One Stop Shop

  • April 25th, 2019

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.    


  • April 25th, 2019

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

One Stop Shop

  • April 24th, 2019

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    

Preparation Course for New Volunteers

  • February 14th, 2019

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

Home-Start Shepway Christmas Party

  • December 13th, 2018

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

Big Hopes Big Future – New Volunteers

  • December 6th, 2018

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

Building Bright Futures Project

  • December 4th, 2018

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

Co-op Local Community Fund

  • November 24th, 2018

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!

Home-Start Shepway Volunteer Receives League of Mercy Award

  • October 15th, 2018

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

Contact us to find out more...

24 Cheriton Gardens

CT20 2AS

Tel: 01303 244836

Email: office@homestartshepway.org.uk

Office Hours: 9.00am - 4.30pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am - 4.00pm (Friday)

Answer phone outside office hours