HSK receives a grant from the Walter Guinness Charitable Trust

The trustees and staff of Home-Start Kennet would like to thank the Walter Guinness Charitable Trust for the £2,000 grant received this October towards our general charitable purposes. Without the support of charitable trusts we would not be able to offer support to local  families with young children going through difficult times and training for our volunteers and staff.

Thank you.

HSK recruiting 2 posts this October

For downloadable application packs go to About us/Vacancies location on this website.

Closing dates 23rd  October 2017 for the Finance and Admin Assistant and Nov 1st 2017 for the Fundraising Manager.

Summer Newsletter with news of the trip to celebrate our 30th year!

Click here to read the latest news and about upcoming events including our invitation to volunteers and families to take a “walk on the wildside” with us this October 25th!

Boden extravaganza raising funds for HSK this Sept

Not long till the Boden extravaganza on September 21st to check out their new autumn range!  If you are away on this date do not despair as you can order up to 22nd October to take advantage of the discount!!   Look online or check out the catalogue (they will be with me on the 20th September so please feel free to pick one up after then) and call (after the 21st please) with the item number and size and your credit/debit card details.

3 Turnpike, Aldbourne, Marlborough, SN8 2BZ. Telephone number 01672 540176

20% discount and free p&p and returns plus a free gift (only for those attending and placing an order) – remember the fluorescent pink passport holder last time and the bags the first time?!  There will also be the usual raffle for a £50 Boden voucher.

As before, money raised from the raffle and half of the commission will be donated to Home-Start Kennet

For those who can drop in and try before you buy I will be “open” at the following times on September 21st:

Morning                      – 10.00 to 12.30

Afternoon                   –  2.00  to   4.30

Evening                       –  7.00  to   8.30

Please feel free to bring a friend along

Angie Sanders

Home-Start Kennet succeeds with Tesco Bid – please vote for us

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which see grants of up to £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000—all raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores—being awarded to local community projects.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated form carrier bag sales in Tesco stores. The public will now vote in store during September and October on who will receive the awards, so please vote for us.

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Can you spare 2-3 hours a week to support a family with young children?

We are recruiting volunteers for our September Volunteer Preparation Course and are looking for anyone who has parenting experience.  We are especially interested in those with experience of military life.

You will receive 40 hours of training in preparation for your role and will be supported every step of the way by professional Family Support Organisers and the entire Home-Start team.  There will be an opportunity to attend peer support sessions where you will meet other volunteers, network, and take part in additional training sessions. Travel and other agreed expenses are paid.

“HS provided an excellent and thorough briefing course.  The staff are a good balance of friendly and professional.  They are very supportive and efficient and inspire confidence in their volunteers” HSK Volunteer

Come and join us.  Our next training course starts on September 27th 2017.  For more information please see the volunteer pages on our website:  www.homestartkennet.co.uk   or contact us on 01672 569457

Family Group Leader – part time vacancy

Open to internal and external candidates 

£20,661 pro rata. 14 hours per week; 9-month temporary contract. Based in Pewsey, with mobile working across parts of Wiltshire.

Application Closing Date: Friday 28th July 2017.  Interviews will scheduled for August and this post will commence in September 2017.

Home-Start Kennet is a voluntary organisation offering support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in our local communities.

Thanks to funding from The Royal British Legion, we have an exciting opportunity for a Family Group Leader to join our team. The Family Group Leader will be responsible for developing and delivering a programme of family group sessions designed to support military families with young children, who are either moving to the Wiltshire area from military bases abroad, or moving on from military life.

It is essential that candidates have a strong understanding of the needs of families with young children, in addition to knowledge of the military. Candidates must also hold relevant previous experience, particularly of delivering group work or training sessions, and possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Use of a car is essential. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS records check.

Click here to download a full application pack.

Or contact us: E homestartkennet.a@btconnect.com

Home-Start Kennet is committed to equality and diversity, and to safer recruitment practice as an important part of safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults.

Marlborough Mayor selects Home-Start Kennet as one of his charities for 2017

Mayor Hall has chosen Home-Start Kennet, who work with vulnerable families in the area, and Julia’s House new children’s hospice in Devizes which will have a team of outreach nurses.  The outgoing mayor had raised £3,500 for his two charities – the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Swift Medics.

Click here to read the full article at Marlborough Online, who also kindly supplied the image below of trustees Jo and Sara with the new Mayor of Marlborough.

Spring 2017 Newsletter available now

We have a busy few weeks ahead with our new Scheme Manager joining us ahead of Bel and Sara retiring at the end of June.  News about their leaving party are all included.  To view go to the Newsletters page or click here.

Home-Start Kennet and Home-Start South Wiltshire expand their work with military families in Wiltshire

PRESS RELEASE March 15th 2017

HOME-START KENNET and HOME-START SOUTH WILTSHIRE expand their work with military families in Wiltshire

The trustees and staff of Home-Start Kennet (HSK) and Home-Start South Wiltshire (HSSW) are pleased to announce that the value of the work the charities do in Wiltshire has been recognised with a new grant of £90,000 over three years from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund for their project ‘Serving Families’, supporting military families in stress. Support will be provided for 25 serving military families each year for three years.

Home-Starts’ support for families in Wiltshire has been in existence for the past 30 years. Together they provide a very special service: volunteers, who all have parenting experience, are professionally trained by the staff team and supported to help families under stress that have at least one child under five. The volunteer visits the family at home once a week and can give support with such things as stimulating play activities for children; parenting strategies; accessing local services; family budgeting, or sometimes simply by providing a skilled listening ear when problems need sharing, thus lessening feelings of isolation.

If you think you might benefit from the support of one of HSK”s volunteers you can contact them direct by phone on 01672 569457, or by email at homestartkennet.a@btconnect.com. The service is entirely confidential.  Your health visitor, doctor, children’s centre or the Army Welfare Service are some of the people who can also refer you.

With this funding HSK and HSSW will be able to recruit more volunteers.  If you feel that you would like to help a family in this way, or just want to find out more, please contact them on the above number or by email. Their website can also tell you more www.homestartkennet.co.uk, and they are also on Facebook

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