We need more volunteers in all areas of the Island to offer support to families who are finding life difficult.
If you would like to know more about the role of the Home-Start volunteer why not come along to our coffee morning?
The morning is an opportunity for an informal, ‘no commitment’ chat.
Join us on Friday 16th February between 10 and 12 at our office in Newport.
(Exchange House, St Cross Lane, PO30 5BZ – we are behind Lidl, in the same building as the Law Centre)
If you can’t join us on the day but would like to know more, please send us a message or call 533357.
We would love to meet you.
We are currently recruiting for volunteers for our September training course.
- Home visiting volunteers to offer practical and emotional support on a regular basis to families experiencing difficulties.
- Most volunteers visit once a week for 2-3 hours.
- Volunteering can be flexible to fit around family or work commitments.
- Some volunteers offer term time only support due to their own childcare arrangements.
- Many volunteers work with us to gain skills and experience for their own career progression. Others, simply want to make a difference.
A few words from some parents we have supported:
“Home-Start really helps with the tricky stuff”.
” The support from our Home-Start volunteer has made such a difference to our family. My daughter looks forward to Wednesdays when she comes”.
“It has been so lovely to know that someone cares enough to give their time to us. I hadn’t realised how much difference it would make. I am so much more confident now. I really feel that I am able to cope with life again”.
If you would like to receive information about volunteering with us please give us a call on 533357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next volunteering training will start on Thursday 21st September. The training happens at our Newport office (behind Lidl) between 10 & 2.
The dates are as follows:
Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd, Thursday 28th & Friday 29th September, Thursday 5th & Friday 6th, Friday 13th & Friday 20th October. If you are not available for every session there is a chance we can work around it – please talk it through with us.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has heard stories from volunteers and families about the work of Home-Start on a visit on Wednesday 18 March.
At Home-Start Greenwich she learnt about the work done by local Home-Starts across the UK. The Duchess talked with other parents of young children and learned about the challenges they can face and how Home-Start is supporting them.
Her Royal Highness was told about Home-Start’s 15,000 volunteers who are supporting 32,000 families across the country in their own homes.
After a private meeting with two families who told The Duchess about the difficulties they have had to overcome and the difference Home-Start had made to their lives, Her Royal Highness went on to a coffee morning. There she chatted with parents about the stresses on them and their children when life gets hard, coping with post-natal illness and how parents can support each other through group work. Volunteers described their work in families’ own homes.
Home-Start provides support to families facing pressures caused by isolation, mental ill health, multiple births, bereavement, disability, poor housing or financial stress which can all have a devastating effect on parents and their children.
The Duchess then saw a volunteer training session in which volunteers were being taught how best to offer practical and emotional support in a family’s home. She was also told about the training they are receiving to carry out Home-Start’s new project, Big Hopes Big Future which is designed to prepare young children for school.
Finally Her Royal Highness said hello to a group of young children in the onsite crèche. The children presented her with a handmade card before she chatted to families about how the crèche helps them.
As she left the centre The Duchess was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a bag of books and toys from Home-Start’s Big Hopes Big Future project for His Royal Highness Prince George.
Marvellous Nyanhi, who along with her son Tanisha presented The Duchess with her gifts, said “The Duchess had a chat with my little one and asked him about the colour of the flowers. She asked me why I am here so I told her I was a supported family at first but now I am training to be a Home-Start volunteer.”
Rob Parkinson, chief executive of Home-Start UK showed The Duchess around the centre throughout her visit and said, “It was a great honour to be able to show The Duchess our work. The Duchess really wanted to hear about the challenges that parents of other young children can face and she was very engaged with all of the families and the issues that they talked about.
“The work that The Duchess saw here today in in Greenwich represents the incredible work that is done by 288 local Home-Starts up and down the country. The Duchess has heard first-hand from families whose lives have been turned around with the support of Home-Start, and that show just how important our work is.”
Home-Start has a network of over 16,000 volunteers in 288 communities across the UK, as well as in British Forces bases in Germany and Cyprus.
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We have recently had a Quality Assurance review by Home-Start UK and are delighted to say we achieved 100% against 8 standards. This is a fantastic acknowledgment of our work with families across the Island.
A huge well done and thank you to all the referrers, parents, staff and Trustees who were involved.
We are delighted to say that we have been successful in being awarded a 3 year funding grant from the Blagrave Trust to support our work.
This will be the first time the Trust has funded a Home-Start scheme and we thank them for the opportunity to work together to achieve positive outcomes for families and young children on the Island.
We have enjoyed some great weather during the school holidays this year and our summer events have been our most successful yet.
We organised ‘Get Together’ picnics in Cowes, East Cowes, Newport and Ryde. We were delighted that altogether 25 adults with 48 children came along.
This year’s outing to Robin Hill was made possible by generous funding from Hampshire and IOW Masonic Grand Charity, and Spithead Lodge.
The Home-Start coaches set off at 10.30, destination Robin Hill. 44 families with over 90 children between them joined us this year. The weather was just right and a lot of fun was had by all. The homeward bound coaches left the park at 4 o’clock full of happy children and tired parents!
Quay Street Ladies Fellowship
The ladies at the Quay Street group in Newport chose Home-Start Isle of Wight to be the charity they would support this year. We were delighted to receive a phone call to say we had been selected. What a lovely surprise!
Over the last few months they have worked really hard organising musical evenings, quizzes, sales and raffles. In July, Alison attended a presentation evening where she accepted a cheque for £750 to support the work of Home-Start.
Thank you so much to the ladies for your support and to everyone who attended events to help raise this wonderful amount.
The Rotary Club of Cowes
Following a presentation to the Cowes Rotarians we were delighted to receive a cheque for £680.
We know that the funds raised by the Rotary Club support so many wonderful local causes and we very much appreciate the recognition of our work here at Home-Start.
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