01303 244836


Folkestone Living Advent Calendar

  • December 1st, 2019

  From 1 to 24 December, JimJam Arts will be transforming Folkestone into a Living Advent Calendar with live performances every evening at 6.00pm behind a different door – for the full programme, see www.flac.org.uk. The organisers are also giving local charities the opportunity to take up a collection at each event and on 2 and 5 December it will… Read More

Dads Only Swim

  • November 12th, 2019

Come along and enjoy a free swim for you and your children. Swim at your leisure for as little or as long as you’d like. After-swim snack included. Runs for four weeks on Sunday mornings at 10.00 am from 17th November to 8th December 2019 at Folkestone Sports Centre, Radnor Park Avenue, Folkestone CT19 5HX. To book your place, please… Read More

Sensory Adventure Sessions

  • November 11th, 2019

Unique Sensory Exploration for Toddlers Runs for four weeks from Wednesday 13th November until Wednesday 4th December from 1.00 to 2.00pm at Home-Start Shepway. Light snack included. To book your place, or for further info., please call the Home-Start Shepway office on 01303 244836 or Katie on 07497828697.

Shorncliffe Community Centre Parent and Toddler Group

  • November 11th, 2019

Come along to our free parent and toddler group for pre-school children! On Mondays (term-time only) at Shorncliffe Community Centre, Mackenzie Drive, Folkestone CT20 3LN Up to and including 9 December 2019 from 1.00 to 2.30pm From 13 January 2020 at the new time of 10.00 to 11.30am   For more information, please contact Home-Start Shepway on 01303 244836 or… Read More


  • November 6th, 2019

From The Archers to Love Island and the #MeToo movement, “gaslighting” has become part of our vocabulary. The term originated from the play Gaslight, Patrick Hamilton’s gripping thriller first performed in 1938. It was later turned into an Oscar-nominated film in 1944, starring Ingrid Bergman and Angela Lansbury. Gaslight opens with Jack Manningham slowly and deliberately driving his wife, Bella,… Read More

Big Hopes Big Future

  • November 6th, 2019

Do you have a child starting school in September 2020? Do you feel you and your child would benefit from some additional support through some structured and focused home visits to help with issues such as establishing routines, meal times, separation anxiety, toilet training, interacting with other children, communication and listening skills and getting ideas to help with encouraging your… Read More

Bulletin for Volunteers and Management Committee

  • November 1st, 2019

Issue 120, November to December 2019. Please click on the .PDF link above to download.

Domestic Abuse Support and Advice

  • October 31st, 2019

A newly updated booklet from the Folkestone and Hythe District Council Domestic Abuse Forum that aims to give advice if you, or someone you know, is suffering domestic abuse. Click on the link above to download the PDF.

Preparation Course for New Volunteers

  • October 10th, 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

Real Life Parenting

  • October 9th, 2019

Today marks the first day of Home-Start UK’s  #RealLifeParenting campaign. Struggling to cope with your children isn’t something that many people feel able to be open and honest about and 6-in-10 parents feel pressure from social media to be the ‘perfect parent’. Find out more at www.home-start.org.uk/real-life-parenting


  • September 12th, 2019

Supporting Parents’ and Children’s Education – a Home-Start Shepway Initiative for Young Parents (under the age of 20) What we have to offer … Free crèche facilities and a free healthy lunch for all every week An opportunity to meet other parents of a similar age One-to-one support Training programmes for all parents Practical parenting advice and emotional support Information… 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

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.          

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