Media training on offer for Young Mums

Home-start have joined forces with #Techmumstv to provide media training for young mums.  If you fancy learning more about Vlogging or Blogging, or maybe you’d like to know how to make better use of the internet safely, you might be interested in Home-Start UK’s #Techmumstv Facebook Live events.

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Volunteers Needed!

Would you like to make a positive difference to a local family? We are urgently looking for more volunteers to support families in the local area. If you have parenting experience, can commit to the training and can spare 2/3 hours a week to visit a local family needing support, or help with one of our support groups, Please take a look at our website for more information. Training starts in early May. Thank you! http://www.homestartrushmoor.org.uk/volunteering/

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Christmas Collecting with the Rotary

Chances are if you’ve seen Santa this year already it may have been whilst he was with the Aldershot or Fleet Rotary Float visiting the streets of Surrey and Hampshire, and this year he has been joined by some very special helpers, in the form of our Home-start Trustees and Volunteers.  Thanks to the Aldershot and Fleet Rotary Clubs for allowing us to come along and help raise funds for local charities.  Whilst we don’t yet have details of the amounts raised we can share some photos of our team out and about with their collecting tins.

   

      

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Another Successful Shopping Event thanks to Sugarplum

A BIG THANKYOU to Sugarplum for hosting a wonderful shopping evening on Thursday 30th of November. It was a fantastic night for all and raised a magnificent £233 for Home-Start Rushmoor & Hart.

Special thanks go to Lisa Hemming, Source Electrical and Dunelm for their kind donations of prizes for the raffle and to all of the Sugarplum team for their hospitality.

   

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It’s Party Time!

Home-start Rushmoor & Hart would like to thank ASDA Farnborough for the lovely donation towards our Family Christmas Party. We were delighted to have 20 pre-school age children attend the party, where they were entertained by Jo from Baby Sensory before settling down to a wonderful party tea with their parents. We were also lucky to have been joined by Santa who handed out presents to all the children. Thanks again to ASDA, and to our wonderful Volunteers who helped to make it such a great day.

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Thank you Co-op!

We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to our Co-op Local in North Lane, Aldershot and their wonderful customers who raised an incredible £2167.36 for Home-Start Rushmoor & Hart, as part of the Co-op’s Local Community Fund Scheme.  Kelly and her wonderful team raised the money through fundraising events, the sale of carrier bags and a percentage of the sales of Co-op own brand products.  The money will be invaluable, and will help even more families in need of support in our area.

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Come Christmas Shopping in aid of Home-Start

Once again the lovely people at Sugarplum in Fleet have opened their doors for a special evening in aid of Home-Start Rushmoor & Hart.  We do hope you can join us.

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Inspiring stories at the Home-Start Rushmoor & Hart AGM

From left to right:
Rachel Lea-Wilson – Co-ordinator, Toni Woodman – Co-ordinator (School Readiness Project), Lynn Ludford – Chair, Amanda Hardacre – Senior Co-ordinator, Kay Hudson – Administrator, Nikki Bonner – Co-ordinator (Mental Health Project)

Last week Home-Start R&H held their AGM at the Rushmoor Council Offices and had a fantastic attendance with many supporters joining them including the Chairman of Hart District Council and the Deputy Mayor of Rushmoor Borough Council, local Councillors, Health Visitors, Children’s Services and other agency representatives as well as several of the trained Home-Start Volunteers.

Everyone was welcomed by Lynn Ludford, Chair, and Amanda Hardacre, Senior Co-ordinator of Home-Start Rushmoor and Hart, before the Chair gave an overview of the challenges and success of running the Home-Start Rushmoor & Hart scheme over the last year.  The Senior Co-ordinator then explained how the charity is helping even more families in need this year and the exciting new projects we are in the process of launching.

Most inspiring of all, however, was an emotional talk given by Natalie, a young mother Home-Start had been supporting until recently, but who now feels she would like to support other parents who are struggling, and is currently training to be a volunteer.  Having been through a very tough childhood herself, experiencing mental health issues and fleeing a domestic violence situation, Natalie explained how Home-Start had helped her to become independent and more confident in herself and improved her parenting skills with the support of her volunteer, Julie.  Julie was unable to make the AGM but sent a message saying she was ‘so proud of Natalie, and seeing her beautiful daughter grow into a happy, confident child had been wonderful’.  The volunteer went on to explain this was down to ‘how hard Natalie has worked and how far she has come, showing what a good mum she is’.  Everyone in the room could not help but to be moved and inspired by Natalie’s story.

Natalie said ‘due to my own experiences, I feel like I can now give something back.  I’ve had a lot of professionals involved in my life but the 6 months of Home-Start support has made the biggest difference and I want to offer that as a volunteer to help other families.’

Following Natalie’s Story, Pat, a local Health Visitor who attended the event added ‘I wanted to thank you for all the support you give to some of the families that we work with. We know how important the service is and our families have found it invaluable.’

Home-Start Rushmoor and Hart always need new volunteers and run Preparation courses 2-3 times a year. Volunteers must have parenting experience, be willing to attend the Preparation course and undergo an enhanced DBS check. For further information and to apply for the next course running in Spring 2018, please contact the office on 01252 398530 or email admin@homestartrushmoor.org.uk

Final AGM report 2017 to print

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Annual General Meeting on 26th of October

Home-Start Rushmoor & Hart will be celebrating all the great work our volunteers and staff have been doing over the last year at our AGM, which will be held at Rushmoor Borough Council Offices on the 26th of October.  Doors open at 9.30 am, with the meeting starting at 10.00 am, and includes a presentation entitled ‘Happy & Healthy at Home’ by Nick Parkin, North East Hants and Farnham CCG. If you would like to attend, or for more information contact Kay at admin@homestartrushmoor.org.uk or telephone 01252 398530.

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Summer Fun with our Home-start Families

Come rain or shine we’ve been out and about with our Home-start Families enjoying the best playgrounds our area has to offer, and the children have loved it!

          

         

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