01303 244836


BBF Referral form

  • November 9th, 2018

Building Bright Futures Co-ordinator

  • October 26th, 2018

Home-Start Shepway is a voluntary organisation offering support and friendship to families in the Shepway area.  Funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund we are looking for a Building Bright Futures Co-ordinator for 23 hours per week. £14,460 per annum. Key duties will include: Supporting the implementation and review of all Home-Start policies and procedures. Implementing the… Read More

Volunteers Newsletter October – November 2018

  • October 26th, 2018

Reading Raccoons

  • October 24th, 2018

Come and join us for six sessions at Folkestone Library exploring children’s books, story telling and story sacks. Sessions start on Wednesday 31 October and run until Wednesday 5 December 2018 from 9.30 to 10.30am. To book a place for you and your pre-school child please call Home-Start Shepway on 01303 244836.

Make and Shake

  • October 23rd, 2018

Come and join us for five music making sessions with an activity, healthy snacks, nursery rhymes and action songs! Sessions start on Tuesday 30th October and run until Tuesday 4th December 2018 (no session on Tuesday 20th November) 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… Read More

Shorncliffe Community Centre Parent and Toddler Group

  • October 22nd, 2018

Come along to our free parent and toddler group for pre-school children! Mondays from 1.00 to 2.30 pm.   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.  

Building Bright Futures Project

  • October 19th, 2018

Home-Start Shepway has announced it will launch its ‘Building Bright Futures Project’ after receiving almost £500k of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the country. The project aims to develop individual pathways of support for families in the Folkestone & Hythe District by providing a comprehensive range of practical and advisory… Read More

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

Reading for Wellbeing

  • October 1st, 2018

A new 6-week programme that aims to:   * Improve mental well-being and social inclusion * Challenge negative or self-limiting thoughts and behaviours * Create positive ways of dealing with life challenges * Build confidence in reading and writing for self expression   The programme will be delivered by Reading for Wellbeing at Home-Start Shepway on Monday mornings starting on… 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

Home-Start Shepway’s Domestic Abuse Project To Benefit From Co-op Community Fund

  • May 15th, 2018

We are delighted that Home-Start Shepway’s Enhanced New Beginnings Domestic Abuse Project has been chosen as one of the latest beneficiaries of the Co-op’s Local Community Fund. This is really good news because a few hundred pounds will enable us to run a group to support women who have suffered domestic abuse to rebuild self-esteem and confidence. However there is… 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.

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