Loss of Hertfordshire County Council Funding
You may already have heard through the local news and newspapers that Hertfordshire County Council Children’s Services Panel accepted the recommendation ‘to no longer fund the Home Visiting service provided by Hertfordshire Home-Start schemes’. This will mean that the statutory funding for Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire (HSRSC) will cease from 1st October 2015.
This is devastating news for the scheme. However, the Board of Trustees have been working over the last few years to diversify our funding streams and reduce the scheme’s dependency on statutory funding. This plan, along with good financial management, means that over the next few months there will be no immediate changes to how we work with families and volunteers.
We will continue to work with our nine Hertfordshire Home-Start schemes to apply for large funding grants such as The Big Lottery and Comic Relief, as well as continuing to develop our local fund raising events. The Trustees and Staff of HSRSC are working hard to ensure the sustainability of our scheme.
The strength of HSRSC is that whatever the involvement in the scheme, be it staff, trustee, volunteer, supporter or member we all share the same vision, “Supporting families in our local community”. We are sure that this spirit, combined with the heart-warming testimonials from our families, will continue to inspire us to find every possible way to finance this great service and allow our staff team and volunteers to get on with what they do best, supporting families.
So, how can you support us? There are very many ways – and here are a few ideas –
There are a number of ways you can help us by volunteering.
Home Visiting - A home visiting volunteer would normally be a parent or have parenting experience with an understanding of the problems and pleasures of family life. We link this well-supported and trained volunteer to the most suitable family referred, offering home visits, usually for 2-3 hours a week. Our home visiting volunteers support families in a huge variety of ways which can include: offering a non-judgemental listening ear, helping parents to manage their children’s behaviour, providing practical help around healthy eating, accessing other community services and supporting parents in keeping their children safe.
Family Group - These volunteers help at Family Group each week during term time. They set up the equipment and activities and spend time with both the children and parents offering practical and emotional support.
Both Home visiting and family group volunteers are required to attend the Home-Start preparation course – the next training course will start on 16th September, 2015 but it is not too late to sign up for this.
Supporters - If you have a few hours to spare now and again, please consider becoming a supporter. Supporters helps us with activities ranging from wrapping the children’s Christmas presents, baking a cake, donating tombola prizes for our ‘mum’s tombola’ at Christmas time and helping with fundraising events.
You could support one of our fundraising events:
Saturday 10th October – 7.00 for 7.30pm - Quiz Night with supper to be held at Meldreth Village Hall. This will be a fun quiz – teams of 6 are required but if you can’t get a full team, please do still join us and we can include you in another team. Tickets will be £10 each to include your supper (fish, chicken, sausage or veggie burger and chips) there will be a licensed bar and a raffle will be held at this event.
Thursday 1st December – Christmas Door Decoration Workshops – to be held at Foxton Village Hall – back by popular demand – we are running 2 workshops on the day so you can attend which one suits you best, they will be held at 11.00am – 2.00pm and 7.00pm – 10.00pm. Tickets are £20 - to include the framework, foliage and ribbons, but please bring gloves, secateurs and any special foliage/baubles you’d like to incorporate in your finished article. Please book as soon as possible as this is always a very popular event. A raffle will be held at each workshops.
Become a member of our Fundraising Events Committee - This committee, chaired by a Trustee, plan and organise our programme of events. Volunteers on this fun and lively committee are always needed to attend meetings and take part in the events.
Snowflake Tea Parties – would you like to host a tea party with your family and friends from your office, playgroup, school, book club etc.? We will supply you with a “tea bag” fundraising pack with ideas and recipes for all you need to host an event. This appeal will be lauched at our AGM on 29th September so why not come along and find out more about this.
Would you like to host a Pampered Chef party – We are very lucky to have a Pampered Chef organiser as a supporter of HSRSC, these parties can be held during the day or the evening. You and your guests will get a chance to try out the innovative, multifunctional kitchen tools, learn how to prepare impressive recipes quickly, enjoy the tasty results and relax and have fun!
Do you shop online?
If you do, please consider using easyfundraising.org.uk - Register your details on www.easyfundraising.org.uk and sign Home-Start Royston and South Cambridgeshire up as your chosen charity. Then when you want to search you sign into easyfundraising first, then click on your chosen retailer, decide on your product and, at no extra cost to you, we will automatically receive a percentage of your spend.
As you will see, with well over 2,000 retailers on the site, including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis and Selfridges, Early Learning Centre and Toysrus, as well as smaller retailers offering unique products, there is sure to be a favourite of yours. When you have logged onto the site, type the name of the retailer you are interested in into the ‘Search’ section and see if they are there. You will be surprised how quickly these donations can add up to a significant amount for HSRSC.
Please remember easyfundraising when you are shopping on-line and spread the word....tell all your friends and family. If you recruit new supporters HSRSC will get even more!
Get Smart for Home-Start – This is a really tasty and easy way to support us. All you need to do is buy a tube of smarties, enjoy eating them and then together as a family or with friends fill the tube with 20p pieces. Once your tube is full please send a cheque made out to Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire to the address below, pop into our office or you can pay your money directly into our account – HSBC – sort code 40-39-22, account number 71363379 using the reference smartie.
Do you have a link with a local organisation or retailer – we are always looking for premises to have a Home-Start collecting tin – so if you know anyone who may be willing to do this, please let us know.
Are you celebrating a special birthday or anniversary soon and don’t really need any gifts ? – why not ask your family and friends to make a donation to Home-Start instead.
If you would like further information about any of these events or activities please contact us at our office – Home-Start Royston & South Cambrideshire, Unit 6, Valley Farm, Station Road, Meldreth, Herts, SG8 6JP, by calling us on 01763 262262, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org