01303 244836


Reading for Wellbeing

  • September 17th, 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

Volunteers Newsletter July – September 2018

  • July 13th, 2018

Ready, Steady, Go!

  • June 6th, 2018

Buggy walk along the sea front to get some fresh air, exercise and social interaction. Wednesdays from 13th June 2018 until 11th July 2018. Meet at the Folkestone Harbour Company Limited Car Park, Lower Sandgate Road,  Folkestone CT20 1PR (directly opposite the Leas Cliff Lift) at 10.30 am. Please call Home-Start Shepway on 01303 244836 to book your place.  … Read More

Let’s Go For A Swim!

  • May 29th, 2018

Home-Start Shepway will be running free swimming sessions at Folkestone Sports Centre, every Tuesday from 5th June until 10th July 2018 from 12.15 until 1.30 pm. If you have children aged 5 and under, come and join us for some fun in the pool and we will help you and your child build water confidence! Spaces are limited and must… 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 New Projects page.

Shorncliffe Community Centre Parent and Toddler Group

  • April 16th, 2018

Come along to our free parent and toddler group for pre-school children!   Mondays from 1.00 to 2.30 pm. Starts again after the Easter break on 16th April 2018.   Lots of toys, activities and the chance to meet other parents.   For more information, please contact Home-Start Shepway on 01303 244836.  

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!  

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