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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

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

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

Frank Pinnington

  • October 13th, 2017

Frank Pinnington 1944 — 2017 Vice Chair and Treasurer of Home-Start Shepway   The passing of Frank Pinnington has bought great sadness to the scheme. He was a long-standing member of the committee. Frank sadly passed away on 19th September 2017. Four staff members and two committee members attended the funeral, which took place on 12th October 2017. It was… Read More

Donation from Kent Police Property Fund

  • March 8th, 2017

A number of community groups in Shepway will each benefit from donations of £500 from the Kent Police Property Fund. The fund is raised from the sale at auction of unclaimed items seized during operations, and twice a year the money is distributed to organisations that provide a service to people throughout the county. A presentation was held at Folkestone… Read More

I Escaped Death – Supporting Victims of Domestic Abuse

  • September 10th, 2016

In 2010 more than one-in-three of the families that Home-Start Shepway were working with involved domestic abuse. So they developed a bespoke programme to make sure women received the support they needed …     Read the full article on Home-Start UK’s website here.

A Little Money Making A Big Difference In People’s Lives

  • April 22nd, 2016

Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes visited Folkestone and Margate on 22 April, to see for herself how money from the Commissioner’s Fund is making a difference to people’s lives. In February, Mrs Barnes’s office awarded £2,000 to Home-Start Shepway to run a support group for victims of domestic abuse. Each week women get together in safe surroundings to… Read More

Local Home-Start Volunteer Wins National Volunteering Award

  • March 24th, 2016

Rosemary Cottle, a volunteer at Home-Start Shepway, has won the Young Volunteer Award in the charity’s national awards. At a gala awards dinner hosted by the charity’s national ambassadors, Kirstie Allsopp and Alastair Stewart, Rosemary was presented with a glass trophy and a certificate signed by the charity’s royal patron, HRH Princess Alexandra. The dinner took place at the charity’s… Read More

Margaret Harrison CBE 1938-2015

  • August 25th, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce that Margaret Harrison, founder and life president of Home-Start, the UK’s largest voluntary family support charity, died at home on Sunday 16th August 2015. Margaret began the charity in Leicester in 1973 and led it for 25 years.  In the 1980s Home-Start was the fastest growing social franchise in the UK, spreading… Read More

Big Lottery Fund award £499,999 to Home-Start Shepway’s ‘Enhanced New Beginnings Project’

  • August 10th, 2015

Big Lottery Fund Award £499,999 to Home-Start Shepway’s ‘Enhanced New Beginnings Project’ supporting families affected by domestic abuse in the Shepway area. On Tuesday 4 August 2015, Home-Start Shepway launched the ‘Enhanced New Beginnings Project’ after receiving nearly half a million pounds from the ‘Reaching Communities’ programme. The aim of this project is to develop individual pathways of support for… Read More

New Report Highlights Impact of Home-Start Shepway’s Domestic Abuse Project

  • July 18th, 2015

Home-Start Shepway commissioned Steve Allman to provide an external evaluation of New Beginnings, our Big Lottery funded project to support families suffering from domestic abuse. The evaluation engaged women who had been supported by Home-Start Shepway, external agencies who had worked with New Beginnings and Home-Start volunteers, staff and trustees. The evaluation concluded that the project has a real impact… Read More

Home-Start Shepway celebrates its 20 year anniversary of working with local families with young children in Shepway

  • April 27th, 2015

On 27th April 2015, Home-Start Shepway celebrated its 20 year anniversary by hosting an afternoon tea party with local service providers, trustees, staff and volunteers. Sandwiches, scones and cupcakes were served in a traditional tea party setting with bunting, china teapots and vintage table cloths. Home-Start Shepway would like to thank everyone who has supported the charity over the last… Read More

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