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Job Opportunity!

12 months Maternity Cover: Scheme Manager

£30,335 (incl. ILW) for 28 hours a week

Home-Start Camden (HSC) is looking for an experienced Manager to take this vibrant, established, local charity forward.   The successful candidate should relish a challenge and be able to work strategically and creatively.

Experience of securing long-term, core and project funding is essential. The ability to successfully establish new projects is crucial as HSC has recently launched in a neighbouring borough. The manager will also oversee currently funded projects, run by the established staff team of seven.

The Manager has responsibility for liaison with funders, ensuring that targets are met, and policies and practices are followed and reviewed. S/he will deliver the objectives of the strategic plan, reporting to the Trustee Board.

Experience of diversifying income as well as the ability to network within the local community and further afield is required.  An understanding of the difficulties urban families and young children face and knowledge of the role of health professionals, social work, and the statutory requirements of a charity are essential.

The Manager will be forward thinking and proactive and lead the charity through the current climate of change, seeking innovative solutions, working with a supportive Board of Trustees.  This post is an exciting opportunity to make a difference.

Please click on the following links for:

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Application Guidance Notes

Closing date for applications is Friday 1st June at 5pm.  Please send completed applications electronically to  CVs will not be accepted.

Interviews will be held week commencing 11th June.

Appointment is subject to satisfactory references and DBS. Home-Start Camden is committed to safer recruitment practice as an important part of safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults.


Support for families in Islington

We are excited to announce that from April 2018, Home-Start Camden will be accepting referrals for families who live in the borough of Islington.

Thanks to support from Tanza Trust, Islington Giving and Finsbury Park Homeless Families, Home-Start Camden now has one full-time coordinator supporting families and volunteers from across Islington.

If you would like to find out more, please either call 020 7424 1603, email or referrals can be made via



We’re recruiting!

Family Support Coordinator

36 hours a week

£29,356 pa (incl. inner London weighting)

Starting April 2018

Home-Start Camden is looking for a full-time family support coordinator to join the team.  The role will involve managing a caseload of families and assisting in the recruitment, training and support of volunteers.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Good standard of education (GCSE, NVQ level 3 or equivalent)
  • Level 3 award in education and training or equivalent, or prepared to work towards it
  • Relevant work experience
  • Knowledge and experience of Safeguarding and Child Protection   policies/procedures
  • Parenting experience and an understanding of the needs of children and families
  • Experience of delivering training
  • Experience of managing a team of volunteers
  • Good knowledge of IT and be comfortable recording and analysing data, producing reports and visuals showing progress against project targets.
  • The ability to work on their own initiative in a challenging environment
  • Be a good listener, flexible, compassionate, communicative, understanding, broad minded and perceptive

Please click on the following links for the:

Closing date for application is 5pm Monday 5th March. Applications will only be accepted electronically.  Please send completed application forms to  Interviews will be held on 13th March.

Appointment is subject to satisfactory references and DBS. Home-Start Camden is committed to safer recruitment practice as an important part of safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults.


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 /

Role, duties and person specification are available here.


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.



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


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


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 or call 020 7424 1652.