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.
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.