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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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Trustee raises £1.7 million and wins National Volunteer Award!

                                         liz.HSC volunteer

Home-Start Camden Trustee, Liz Sturgeon (see photo) has won the Volunteer Fundraiser Award in the charity’s national awards, hosted by Home-Start UK’s ambassadors Kirstie Allsopp and Alastair Stewart.

Liz is one of the 14,808 amazing home-visiting volunteers and 2,448 trustees who gave their time to Home-Start to support families across the UK this year. Over 80 volunteers and 10 trustees regularly give their time in Camden alone each year.

Liz was nominated for the award by staff at Home-Start Camden for helping the charity raise £1, 710,418. Cathy Carpenter, manager, said, “Liz has kept Home-Start Camden going since 2009 when the scheme lost its local authority funding. Her dynamic leadership skills were spotted soon after she trained as a home-visiting volunteer, so we encouraged her to become a trustee in April 2008 and later co-chair.

“When Liz heard that Camden families could be left without the charity’s services, she rolled up her sleeves. Her highly exacting mind and precise attention to detail has been a powerfully successful tool in helping us secure a range of grants so we can keep helping parents and children in the borough.

“As lead trustee for fundraising, Liz developed Home-Start Camden’s fundraising strategy and writes funding applications with input from the manager and a few days of freelance fundraising expertise. Major grant-makers are: the Big Lottery (2009-2019), Henry Smith Charity (2009-2018), John Lyons Charity, Four Acre Trust, Camden Volunteering Fund, Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust, Tanza Trust and various one-year grants. We are hugely grateful as she is an invaluable and highly skilled volunteer fundraiser. Funders love her too as her contribution is of great value in demonstrating our work with families and volunteers.”

Liz has a background in educational publications editing at Channel 4. She was formerly a trustee for a breast cancer charity. She is a parent of two grown-up children and has recently become a grandmother for the first time. She said, “Thank you very much for this award.  I am thrilled and proud that my fundraising work has enabled HSC to continue its valuable work over the last seven year without any cuts to its services.  We have also raised considerable funds towards its work for the next two years.”

Home-Start Chome start-98amden Manager, Cathy Carpenter collected the Home-Start Volunteer Fundraising Award on Liz’s behalf from Kirstie Allsopp and Alastair Stewart (see photo).

In a written message to all the winning volunteers, HRH Princess Alexandra said, “This occasion is a wonderful way to celebrate all that can be accomplished by working together with one common purpose – to help parents and children to cope and thrive as they face very difficult circumstances.

“I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you and, this evening, I extend my personal thanks to all Home-Start Volunteers for your compassion for families and children and for your gifts of time, energy and care.

“My special congratulations go to this year’s winners and runners up. Thank you for your selflessness and kindness and for the very great difference you make to families.”

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Mayor of Camden thanks Home-Start Camden volunteers

Mayor of Camden with HSC volunteers - March 2016During March,  the Mayor of Camden, Cllr. Larraine Revah met HS Camden volunteers to thank them for their valuable contribute to Camden’s families with children under five.HSC volunteers with Mayor of Camden

On Monday 14th March volunteers were treated to lunch in the Mayor’s Parlour at Camden Town Hall, Judd Street.  Volunteers visit families who are struggling on a weekly basis to assist with practical tasks, offer emotional support and help families get out to health and child-care appointments as well as using local parks and services.  This helps reduce isolation, increase parenting skills and confidence and provide vital stimulation to Camden children to give them the best start in life.  Cllr. Larraine Revah gave great praise to HSCamden volunteers for their regular support and thanked them for all they do.

Also that week the Mayor visited a number of Camden’s charities with Sir Ian Johnston, the Queen’s local representaHSC hosts Mayor and Deputy Lieutenanttive,  Deputy Lieutenant for the Borough of Camden to learn more about their community work.  Home-Start Camden was one of these charities and the VIPs were able to meet HSCamden’s Trustees, volunteers and staff in our training room.   Both Cllr. Revah and Sir Ian were very impressed with the level of commitment offered by the volunteers.  Volunteers spoke moving about their role with families and how this has made them feel a great sense of fulfilment and is highly rewarding to them as individuals.

 

 

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Next Family Support Volunteer Training Course

16th November to 8th December
Twice a week Wednesdays & Thursdays

Become a Family Support Volunteer with families with young children going through a difficult time.  Enhance your skills to offer friendship and support to families in their own. Visit one family 3-4 hours weekly and share your parenting skills and knowledge of Camden.  Take Home-Start Camden’s Volunteer Preparation Course this term.
Certificates awarded & expenses paid.
Download the Information pack here or send us a mail through our contact us page. Then call 0207 424 1603 to arrange an interview.

Training takes place in our Kentish Town training room.

“Before starting the course, I was very worried as I have not undertaken a course or lessons in a very long time. However, now we have come to the end of the prep course, I feel ready to undertake more and improve my academic portfolio. More importantly, I feel I have a lot to offer other parents (carers) and feel a lot more confident in myself! This will have a positive impact on the rest of my life! Thank you so so much!” (Volunteer, Jan-Mar 2013 Prep Course).

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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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