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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!

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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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HSC staff attended Home-Start Convention

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HSCamden staff,Cathy Carpenter, Saiqa Pandor and Rosemary Palmer joined over 350 Home-Start colleagues at the Home-Start (HS)Convention 2016.  The event held at East Midlands Conference Centre Nottingham on 21 and 22 March was an opportunity to share best practice and learn from inspirational speakers and workshop leaders.  The Brighter Futures convention was chaired by Clive Myrie, from BBC TV News and Craig Dearden-Phillips MBE, CEO of Stepping out who introduced keynote speakers: Rob Parkinson, Chief Executive Home-Start UK; Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive Big Lottery Fund; Children’s Commissions for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – Sally Holland, Tam Baillie and Koulla YIasouma; Professor Tanya Byron, The Times columnist and child expert on BBC TV’s The House of Tiny Tearaways; and Michael Norton, founder of the Directory for Social Change.

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On the evening of 21st March, Home-Start celebrated the amazing contributes and achievements of volunteers throughout the UK with its first Home-Start Volunteer Awards.   The ceremony was hosted by Home-Start ambassadors, Kirstie Allsopp and Alastair Stewart.  HSCamden staff were photographed with Kirstie Allsopp and Rob Parkinson, HSUK Chief Executive.

Amongst the Award winners was HSCamden’s Trustee, Liz Sturgeon who won the Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year for helping to  raise a massive £1.7 million for HSCamden from 2009-2019! Her Award was collected on the night by HSCamden’s Manager.IMG_0253

 

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Family Support Volunteer – Next Training Course

19th September to 12th October
Every Tuesday & Thursday
9.45am  to 2.45pm

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 training room in Kentish Town

“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, Prep Course).

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Salsa Night

Join us for a sizzling Salsa Night and dance the night away

Friday 4th December 2015
from 7.15pm to 10.15pm

Kentish Town Community Centre
17 Busby Place
London  NW5 2SP

Tickets £10 (first drink free)
Email: info@homestartcamden.org
Tel: 0207 424 1603

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