Would you be interested in becoming a trustee for Home-Start Camden?

We are looking for representatives from the local community to join our board of trustees.

A trustee is a volunteer who sits on the trustee board. Each local Home-Start is an independent charity and being a trustee is all about the governance of the charity – planning how it will achieve its goals. Trustees aren’t responsible for the day-to-day running of a Home-Start but they do carry out a wide range of duties and are responsible for making the charity effective, providing overall direction and the sound management of funds. Being a trustee can be hard work and you will need to be able to respond to demand but it is also rewarding, giving many opportunities for personal development and the chance to give something back to your local community. Without volunteer trustees our local Home-Starts couldn’t exist and families and children wouldn’t get the support they need.

The board works with staff and advisors to find the funding needed, develop Home-Start’s services, monitor and report on how well the charity is doing, and file returns to regulatory bodies. The board’s activities are varied and challenging, but also hugely rewarding. Working with staff and home-visiting volunteers, the board of trustees has a positive impact on the lives of local families.

Home-Start trustees should expect to spend at 8-10 hours a month on their duties. It’s an important role, carrying legal and financial responsibilities, which will require time and commitment. But Home-Start trustees are supported all the way. You will have a thorough induction, be invited to national training courses and events, have access to a Home-Start intranet full of information and guidance on all aspects of running a local Home-Start and have the skills and knowledge of staff, your fellow trustees and Home-Start UK – which exists to provide information, support and guidance to local Home-Starts.

We are also looking to for trustees with experience of HR or communications & marketing, or someone with legal expertise.

If you would like to find out more please contact Catherine on 020 7424 1652 / manager@homestartcamden.org

Role, duties and person specification are available here.

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Family and Volunteer Stories

In Home-Start UK’s latest podcasts, they came to visit Home-Start Camden and interviewed families and volunteers.  You can listen to their stories at the links below:

Magadi and her volunteer Beverly talk about their relationship and how the support of Home-Start Camden helped Magadi transform her life.

Juliette and Naomi talk about their experiences volunteering and supporting families in Camden.

 

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Home-Start Newsroom

Home-Start Camden hosted Home-Start UK’s second newsroom today (25th July 2017). We were joined by volunteers and families and Rob Parkinson, Home-Start UK CEO, Helena Konneh, Director of Home-Start London and Dr Sue Black.  Throughout the day we recorded interviews, videos, podcasts and took part in a newspaper review. You can view live content from the day at https://www.facebook.com/homestartuk/.

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VWV choose Home-Start Camden as Charity of the Year

The London office of law firm Veale Wasbrough Vizards has selected Home-Start Camden as their charity of the year.  Each year, staff at VWV nominate a charity to partner with and raise money through a variety of fundraising activities, as well as donations from the charitable trust.

Yvonne Spencer, VWV London Office Partner, commented:

“As a firm we are committed to raising awareness of the amazing work that local charities do and we are very happy to be supporting Home Start Camden this year.

The charity has been providing invaluable emotional and practical support to families going through difficult times, and we look forward to raising funds for them.”

The full press release is available here

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Mid-Summer Drinks Reception

For over 20 years we have been providing support to thousands of families across Camden who are struggling with deprivation, isolation, mental and physical health problems, post-natal depression and more, by training and matching volunteers from the local area to support the families on a weekly basis.

With growing pressures and demands on the local families we’re here to support, it is crucial we have the resources we need to continue our vital work.  To help address this we are organising a drinks reception on Thursday 22nd June from 6.30-8.30pm at Wellcome Collection (183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE) to raise funds and start conversations with individuals and businesses in the local community.

We work to strengthen and grow the local community; through training volunteers and developing peer networks of support.  Stronger, resilient, supported families help fortify communities and working with Home-Start Camden has been a route into employment for more than 50% of our trained volunteers.  Supporting Home-Start Camden, through regular or one-off donations or through support in-kind will help us to continue this valuable work in our local community.

Guest speaker, Michele Hanson, Guardian columnist and author of ‘What the Grown-ups Were Doing’ will be sharing her thoughts on family life in Camden.

To register your attendance please RSVP to manager@homestartcamden.org or call 020 7424 1652.

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Home-Start Camden Review 2014-2016

Introducing the work 2014-2016 Reflecting on Home-Start Camden’s work is what we do for funders’ reports and bringing all the achievements together is what we do for this document.  This review covers the activities and events of the charity for 2015 and 2016. It is hugely satisfying to see how many great moments we have created for our families in Camden.

Over the past three years  we have supported hundreds of parents and children and for the vast majority helped prevent their difficulties becoming crises. Our volunteers have walked with the families through their troubled times, helped them cope more ably, increased their parental confidence and ability to get our into the community to make use of Camden’s great facilities.

The Big Lottery supported our work from all referral agencies and self-referring families, the Henry Smith Charity grant supported our partnership work with two local GP surgeries and other health professionals and the Camden Volunteering Fund helped staff capacity and the number of volunteers we trained and supervised so that we could help even more families under pressure.

Read the full report here: HSC Review 2014-16 Updated OCT 2016 – Final

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Fundraising Bank & Bridges Walk along River Thames

Event date
29th September 16.00  to 23.00

This is a fundraising and social evening by the Implementation & UAT team from Group Digital in Lloyds Banking Group.
In addition to zig-zagging across the Thames the team members will need to visit a number of hostelries en-route for refreshments, all after a hard day at work!!!
This event has been organised by one of our trustee Steve Francis.

Click on the following link to donate towards Home-Start Camden’s work.
https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/stevefrancis1

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Gourmet Sponsored Walk in Casteau

Our wonderful volunteer, fundraiser & Trustee Jane Fawcett is joining  hundreds of walkers to raise money for her favourite charity Home-Start Camden.

Jane will be walking 15 kms around the town of Casteau near Mons in Belgium and along the way being fed with the local gastronomic specialities.

Jane aims to raise at least £500 to pay for HSC’s annual picnic & other treats for families and volunteers.

To sponsor Jane please follow the link below:

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/penelopejanefawcett2?currentPage=2&update=new#donationsList

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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