01303 244836


Preparation Course for New Volunteers

  • September 13th, 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 Thursday 31st October, Thursday 7th November and Thursday 14th November 2019  from 9.30am to 2.30pm at Home-Start Shepway. For… Read More


  • September 12th, 2019

Supporting Parents’ and Children’s Education – a Home-Start Shepway Initiative for Young Parents 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 housing advice. We also… Read More


  • September 12th, 2019

A  relaxed and welcoming group for women who have experienced domestic abuse Thursdays 9.30am to 11.30am (term-time only) from 12th September 2019.   * Make new friends and get peer support * Learn new craft skills * Bring your own ideas for art and craft projects * Explore and enjoy healthy lifestyles * Raise confidence and self-esteem * Signposting to… Read More

Music Makers

  • September 6th, 2019

Another new family group starting next week … An hour of free play and a snack followed by an hour-long session with Karen Blanch of Miniature Music Makers. On Wednesdays from 11th September to 16th October 2019. Please call us on 01303 244836 or email shepwayoffice@gmail.com to book your place.

Toddler Yoga

  • September 6th, 2019

Six sessions at babies & biceps from Tuesday 10th September to Tuesday 15th October 2019. Places are free, but *must* be booked in advance. Please call us on 01303 244836 or email shepwayoffice@gmail.com for further info./to reserve your place.

Shorncliffe Community Centre Parent and Toddler Group

  • September 5th, 2019

Come along to our free parent and toddler group for pre-school children! Mondays (term-time only) from 1.00 to 2.30 pm  from 9th September 2019 at Shorncliffe Community Centre, Mackenzie Drive, Folkestone CT20 3LN. For more information, please contact Home-Start Shepway on 01303 244836.  

One Stop Shop

  • September 4th, 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    

Waitrose Community Matters

  • September 2nd, 2019

Every month Waitrose in Hythe  shares out £1,000 between three local causes. At the checkout customers receive a green token, which they then place in the box of the cause they’d most like to support. We’ve just heard that in August, Home-Start Shepway got the most tokens and will be receiving a cheque for £443 for our work with women… Read More

Home-Start Shepway Family Outing

  • August 1st, 2019

Home-Start Family Outing on Thursday 1st August 2019 to Brockhill Country Park   We applied to the Family Holiday Association for an educational day out for the families we support. We had originally planned to go to Betteshanger Park – an old colliery site where families can take part in activities and have fun together – but, due uncertainties about… Read More

Rural One Stop Shop Discontinued

  • June 24th, 2019

Due to lack of attendance, we regret that we will be discontinuing the monthly Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop at Lydd until further notice. We are at the Folkestone Early Years Centre as usual every Wednesday from 12.30 to 2.30 pm –  further details here.          

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