01303 244836


Snow Angels

  • December 11th, 2018

Come and join us for six sessions with a winter based activity, healthy snacks, nursery rhymes and action songs.   Sessions start on Tuesday 8th January and run until Tuesday 12th February 2019 from 9.30 to 11.30am in the Parents’ Room at Folkestone Early Years Children’s Centre. To book a place for you and your pre-school child please call Home-Start… Read More

Shorncliffe Community Centre Parent and Toddler Group

  • December 10th, 2018

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.   Starts again after the Christmas/New Year break on 7 January 2019.   Lots of toys, activities, singing, healthy snacks and the chance to meet other parents.   For more… 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

Volunteers Newsletter December 2018 – January 2019

  • December 1st, 2018

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

Young Active Parents (YAPs)

  • September 6th, 2018

YAPs is a free support group for pregnant mums and young parents under 20 – young dads welcome too! What we have to offer …   Free crèche facilities and a free healthy lunch every week. 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…. Read More


  • September 6th, 2018

A  relaxed and welcoming group for women who have experienced domestic abuse Thursdays 9.30am to 11.30am (term-time only) from 6th September 2018 * 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… Read More

Rural One Stop Shop

  • August 30th, 2018

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. This is a new service and is in addition to the existing weekly One Stop Shop at the Early Years Children’s Centre in Folkestone.

One Stop Shop

  • August 29th, 2018

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    

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

  • August 8th, 2018

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

Big Hopes Big Future

  • April 18th, 2018

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.

Easter Holiday Excursions

  • April 11th, 2018

Silver Screen Cinema  Thanks to the Co-op Local Community Fund, we were able to offer all the families on our books seats to watch Peter Rabbit on Tuesday 10th April 2018. 16 families came with us — a total of 47 adults and children (including two staff and two volunteers). We all met outside the cinema. Silver Screen provided us… Read More

Mothers Day Event at Bunnings Folkestone

  • February 25th, 2018

Many thanks to Bunnings Folkestone for hosting an after-hours (4.00 to 6.00 pm) Mothers Day Event for families supported by Home-Start Shepway on Sunday 25th February 2018, including: * crafts for children to make something special for mum * facepainting * refreshments. Everyone who attended had great fun!  

Empowering Parents To Achieve

  • November 30th, 2017

Big Lottery Fund Evaluation   Imagine it’s a hot summer’s day but you avoid taking your kids to the beach because you can’t afford an ice cream. In parts of Folkestone, up to 38% of children are living in income deprived households. Find out how the EPTA Project helped  in this external evaluation by Steve Allman. Click on the link… 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