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Home-Start Camden Trustees Needed – May 2016

Home-Start Camden’s (HSC) mission is: ‘to enable Camden families experiencing stress or difficulties to meet the needs of their children under five’.   Since 1995, the charity has provided a home-visiting family support service in which trained volunteers offer confidential support, friendship and practical help to families in the Borough of Camden who are going through a difficult time.  Many families have a multiple range of problems including disability or health issues, isolation and lack of support, multiple births, low income or poor housing conditions.

The large network of volunteers are recruited, trained and coordinated by a small team of paid staff, and ongoing funding is essential for the smooth running of the family and volunteer support service.

To find out more please go to this page to learn about the roles that are available. 

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Trustees Report and Annual Accounts 2016

Report of the Trustees for the Year Ended 31 March 2016

The Trustees present their annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2015. The trustees are satisfied with the performance of the charity during the year and its position at 31 March 2015. They consider that the charity is in a position to continue its activities during the coming year and that the charity’s assets are adequate to fulfil its obligations.

Follow the link below to open the PDF file

2016 Annual Accounts

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20th Birthday

Home-Start Camden have just released our Birthday Booklet which celebrates the past 20 years.

The full Birthday Booklet Download is available here. Please note it is a large file (18MB) and may take some time before the download completes. It is in a PDF format so should be readable on all devices.

Please consider being a regular supporter of Home Start Camden and becoming one of our 100 Special Donors. btn_n_checkout_donate_sm_293fba

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Bangle Banquet Raises Thousands

PRESS RELEASE        ISSUED: 19 May 2015

Bangla Banquet raises thousands for local family charity

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Local family support charity, Home-Start Camden (HSC) started celebrating its 20th birthday year with the help of Bangladeshi philanthropist and celebrity chef, Tommy Miah and over 225 guests.   The Bangla Banquet at Camden School for Girls has raised £7,368 so far. 

Tommy, known as the Curry King and the ‘Jamie Oliver’ of Bangladesh, created a unique mouth-watering menu from his renowned repertoire and recipes from his International Indian Chef of the Year competition.  Diners were entertained by London’s Bollywood Dance Entertainer, Jay Kumar and his dancers and local belly dancer, Rosy Summerbell.  Continue reading Bangle Banquet Raises Thousands

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Press Release – Bangla Banquet

PRESS RELEASE        ISSUED: 5 May 2015 

HOT TICKET – the Exotic Bangla Banquet in aid of Home-Start Camden’s 20th Birthday – Sunday 10 May 6 -10pm

Local family support charity, Home-Start Camden (HSC) is celebrating its 20th birthday  with the help of Bangladeshi philanthropist and celebrity chef, Tommy Miah.   The Bangla Banquet promises a great night out post-election at Camden School for Girls. 

TommyTommy will create a unique mouth-watering menu from his renowned repertoire and recipes from his International Indian Chef of the Year competition.  Diners will be entertained by London’s top Bollywood Dance Entertainer, Jay Kumar and his dancers.

The event is being supported by Kingfisher Beer and Camden businesses such as Pizza East, The Vine, Cakehouse, other eateries and local shop, The Osteopathic Practice, Galton Flowers and Wahaca, who have generously donated raffle and auction items.

Others lending their support include best-selling authors, Phillip Pullman and Wendy Cope with donated signed books and cartoonist Kipper Williams and Camden’s Secret Artist have given prizes too.  Local photographer, Jason Shenai has donated a limited edition photograph of Bluston’s, Kentish Town’s iconic shop front.  Other auction lots include tea with local writer, Michele Hanson, a Thames boat ride for four at Windsor, tours of the National Portrait Gallery and the British Museum, a mystery box,  a cottage holiday on Mull,  a holiday caravan in Norfolk and plants from Indoor Garden Design.

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Duchess of Cambridge visits Home-Start

UK - Royal - Duchess of CambridgeHer Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has heard stories from volunteers and families about the work of Home-Start on a visit to Brookhill Children’s Centre in Woolwich on Wednesday 18 March.

The Duchess used her visit to talk with other parents of young children, and to learn about the challenges they can face and how Home-Start is supporting them.

As well as seeing the work of the children’s centre, which is managed by Home-Start Greenwich, The Duchess of Cambridge was told about Home-Start’s 15,000 volunteers who are supporting 32,000 families across the country in their own homes.

Read the full news item on the Home-Start UK website.

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Funding News

Home-Start Camden is delighted to announce that the Henry Smith Charity and John Lyons Charity have given us three-year funding for our services to continue from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2018.

We are enormously grateful for the commitment of these two funders to our home-visiting support service for Camden families who are going through a difficult time.

We still have a long way to go to secure all the funding required but are working hard to ensure we keep training and supporting Camden families via our trained network of volunteers. Watch this space.

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Bangla Banquet

Bangla PosterHome-Start Camden is celebrating 20th anniversary!  Why not join us for our Bangla Banquet Birthday fundraising event on

Sunday, 10th May 2015
from 6pm to 10pm
Camden School for Girls
Sandall Road
London  NW5 2DB

Sample some of renowned Bangladeshi celebrity chef Tommy Miah’s culinary delights.

To book your ticket or for more information contact 0207 424 1603 or use our contact us form.

You can purchase tickets online through our partner EventBrite by following this link: EventBrite Bangla Banquet. (Please note fees apply).

Tickets are £35 includes 3 course meal, entertainment and first drink free.

Can you help us to advertise this event?

If you click on the poster image above you can download an A4 size Poster and place it on a noticeboard near you.

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Sponsor Foxton’s raises over £2600

Our first classical concert, sponsored by Foxtons, raised over £2600 for Home-Start Camden.

On Saturday 13 September, the audience was delighted by the Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra’s most entertaining programme of Beethoven, Bartok, Kadaly, Bruch and Brahms. We would like to say a huge thank you to the Orchestra, conductor James Murray and soloists Keith Berry and Richard Stockall for offering Home-Start Camden this event. Thanks also to the programme advertisers – A.C.E (arts creative in education), Amberdean Estates, Salter Rex, Solomon Taylor & Shaw, R A Savage & Co and Winkworth for their support of our work with Camden’s families under pressure.

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70th Birthday raises £1500

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED:

18 June 2014

Local Trustee’s 70th Birthday Tea raises tons for charity

Jane Fawcett, long-time resident of Patshull Road, held a Tea Party for over 70 friends and family and raised a fantastic £1500 plus gift aid for Home-Start Camden. Jane requested no presents but instead invited people to give donations to her favourite charity for its work with Camden families who are under pressure.

Jane was ably helped by her five year old grandson, Elfric, dressed as a highwayman (see photo) who invited people to take part in a raffle. As well as being a Trustee, Jane has been a home-visiting volunteer for 8 years and helps Home-Start Camden raise vital funds through various fundraising events. The charity’s manager, Cathy Carpenter said “Jane is a total inspiration, sharing her skills, experience and energy with other parents so they can fully enjoy bringing up their children and feel part of a thriving local community. She is also a wonderful asset in the fundraising department and has got all her friends involved one way or another!”

The birthday grandee, said “I’ve found volunteering with Home-Start Camden really fulfilling and life enhancing. I’d encourage other parents and grandparents who can offer half a day a week to get trained as a Home-Start volunteer.”

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