Family Carol Concert

Staff and Trustees of Home-Start North Somerset

invite you to join us for a

Family Carol Concert


Chapel Hill, Clevedon

Saturday 25th November

6.00 pm-7.30 pm

Mince pies, mulled wine and soft drinks 

Retiring collection for Home-Start North Somerset

01934 419396 for more information

Limited parking but plenty off street parking available

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Garden Tea Party

Home-Start North Somerset recently held a Garden Tea Party in Clevedon. The delicious cakes were donated by volunteers, friends and trustees. It was a lot of fun and also raised £105 towards our fundraising target.

Thanks to Rosie for hosting the event, everyone who came and made the afternoon such a success.

Thank you to the Trustees for all their hard work.

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We are recruiting volunteers now

You can make a real difference to families who are struggling to enjoy family life for a variety of reasons by volunteering for Home-Start.

You will need to be a parent and able to offer friendship and support to a family with children under 5 in North Somerset.

We offer comprehensive support and training.

Phone us now for more details on how to become a volunteer.
Call the Home-Start Team on 01934 419396

Successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check

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Welcome Karen

We welcome Karen Whitaker to our staff team. Karen will be managing our Perinatal Mental Health project. She comes from a background of running perinatal education and prior to that supporting volunteers in the charity sector in Bristol and London.

She is really looking forward to meeting and working with you all.

If you would like to find out more about the project or how it could help you please give Karen a call at our office.

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Volunteer Stories – Izzy

I have been volunteering with Home-Start for 18 months now after completing my 10 week training course in January 2016.

On my retirement from paid work I was looking for a voluntary role in which I could help others.  I saw an advert in our Church Newsletter and was encouraged to apply by my Minister’s wife.

I have been involved in children’s work both in a paid and voluntary capacity through many years and being a Mum/Grandma myself I was looking for some way to help families in need of a little extra support.

I was also looking for a role which was flexible enough to accommodate the dates on which I could offer support.

The family I supported had new born twins and I really enjoyed feeding and playing with them. I spent time listening to the Mum who valued having an adult with whom to talk as well as taking over with child care so she could have a shower or wash her hair and feel a bit more human again. We discussed possible options for child care for Mum’s return to work as well as generally being a “stand- in” Grandma and encouraging her in her child care. It has been wonderful to see her change over the months and to watch the boys grow as well.

If you love children and helping others then I would advise people to give it a go.

You will be well supported and trained by the Home- start team.

It is very rewarding to see the changes that can be made in families by simply spending time with them.

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Volunteer Stories – Mo

I started volunteering for home-start back in 2007 I believe!  I originally applied for a job as an administrator and was impressed by the trustees that I met and the ethos of the organisation.  I was asked if I would like to become a volunteer and as  Home-Start supports something I am very passionate about I agreed to train as a volunteer.  I believe the early years of a child’s life are very important and supporting a family at this stage is not rewarding just to the volunteer but can help set a family off on the right track for the rest of the child’s life and set good grounding for any other siblings.

I have had some time away from volunteering as I have supported my own family, with elderly relatives and extended family, I have lost count of the number of families I have supported over the years but it is definitely more than 7!  The support has varied from helping the mum to increase in self confidence to helping a family decide for themselves where they would like to live and helping them through the implications of that to helping with general behavioural issues and support in the home.  The most precious thing I believe I can give is the time to listen and not  to be judgemental but maybe offer suggestions or alternative ways of thinking.

The advice I would give someone thinking of becoming a Home-Start volunteer?  Do it!  If you like playing with children and listening to parents and are willing to act without judging then the rewards are immense.

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Abseil Update

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Abseil in May and all who sponsored us.  With your help we have smashed our target of £5000 and raised over £7000 so far with donations still coming in.

Thank you

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Volunteers Week – A Big Thank You

The Home-Start team would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers for the wonderful work they do supporting families in North Somerset.

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Volunteer Stories – Our Volunteer Jane

Jane abseiling for Home-Start North Somerset

How long have you been volunteering for Home-Start?

I have been volunteering for Home-Start North Somerset for over two years after 10  sessions of training.

Why did you decide to volunteer for Home-Start?

Having been a teacher for many years and recently having retired and become a grandparent, I wanted to work as a volunteer where my skills could be put to good. Keeping up to date with the latest baby/child care techniques and ideas with my two grandchildren was a great help. It’s changed a lot since I was a young mum although good old common sense still holds true.

I was also aware that the facilities for new mums, especially those on their own or with more than one youngster can be daunting. Early support and intervention when needed is vital and
can reduce greater needs in the future.

How many families have you supported and what support have you given?

I have worked with three families. The first was for only a short time whilst the mum regained her confidence. I have kept in touch with her and things are going really well.
The second was for nearly two years and I have now signed off and agreed to meet up occasionally. Much reassurance was required and a lot of listening as well as signposting. Having watched her daughter from a few months to two years old and see mum gain confidence has been rewarding.

My current family offers different challenges and I am learning more and more about benefits and accessing additional help.

What advice would you offer to someone thinking about becoming a Home-Start volunteer?

Be prepared for tears and laughter. Have a tool box of toys, light bulbs, a full Phone battery and a plane!! I had to plane a door so the family could get out after the door had swollen in the rain! Small changes can take a long time for the family and are wonderful to watch when they happen.

Do it and know that a family, or more, will be able to grow all the more confidently as you have helped facilitated that change. There may be times that a volunteer may have to step back as the professional services are required.

Would you like to become a volunteer and help families in North Somerset? Why not call us for a chat? 01934 419396


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Volunteer Stories – Our Volunteer Mel

I have been a volunteer for three years. I decided to become a volunteer as my children had all gone to school and I had the spare time. I saw the advert in the school newsletter. I knew how it felt to be a young mum and isolated without any support network and wanted to help someone who was also in that situation.

I’ve supported 5 families all of them have had issues, but they have all been different.

My advice to someone thinking of becoming a volunteer is to give it a go. It is very rewarding knowing you are helping someone who is in a desperate situation and you making their life a little bit easier with either advice, practical help or by just visiting them, even if it is only maybe a cup of tea and a chat.

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