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National Volunteer Week

This week has been National Volunteer Week and as a big thank you to our volunteers we held a Fish and Chip Supper on Tuesday evening. The food went down a treat!

Home-Start Northampton would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all of our volunteers. They are at the heart of everything we do and without them there would be no Home-Start.

Volunteer Preparation Course

We are delighted to have started our next Volunteer Preparation Course. The course is being held over 7 weeks and will run until July 4th. We have 8 lovely people attending the course and can’t wait to welcome them to our team of volunteers.

A Big Thank You to Circus Starr

Thanks once again to Circus Starr for the tickets given to our families.

They all had the most wonderful time as always!

Volunteer Recruitment Stand at Dunelm

We held a very successful event at Dunelm on Tuesday 3rd April 2018. Our aim was to recruit home-visiting volunteers.

Our appreciation and thanks go to the trustees and volunteers who ran the stand on the day.

Home-Start Cookery Project

In early April we held our first Cookery Workshop which was attended by some of our parents and older children. During the workshop our parents learnt about budgeting, smarter shopping and healthy eating. They then went on to prepare a meal of chicken nugget wraps with potato wedges and salad. The older children had a workshop of their own and prepared some delicious and healthy fruit kebabs for desert.



We were happy to send our families off with aprons, a kit bag of utensils and ingredients and recipe cards.

The day was a great success and our sincere thanks go to Northampton College, First for Wellbeing CIC Ltd and British Pepper And Spice  for their help and support in running the workshop. Our thanks also go to the volunteers that came along and helped out with a crèche for the younger children.

We have a further 3 workshops planned over the year.

We now have four accredited Mental Health First Aiders

We are proud to announce that we now have three additional accredited Mental Health First Aiders on our team, making a total of four – which is fantastic news!

We would like to thank Blue Lobster Therapy Ltd for the fantastic and professionally run training course.  We are sure that it will support our work helping vulnerable families in Northampton.

A HUGE thank you to Dunelm

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Dunelm for their generous donation of yet more quilts.  Our families will be delighted to receive these.  We really appreciate the help that Dunelm are giving us!

Northampton Family Support Charity Receives Special Delivery From Amazon

The local branch of a family support charity has received a £2,000 donation from Amazon.

Staff and volunteers at Home-Start in Northampton received the special delivery as part of Amazon’s local community support programme.

Home-Start works with vulnerable families across Northampton, providing practical aid and emotional support through a series of initiatives including dedicated volunteers and a 1:1 intensive programme of support.

To mark the donation, which will go towards funding further training for volunteers, members of Amazon’s Daventry team visited Home-Start’s Northampton offices. During the visit, the Amazon team learned more about the work that Home-Start carries out in the local community.

Speaking on the donation, Amazon Daventry Site Leader, Victor Pulido, said: “Home-Start is a wonderful organisation which carries out vital work in our community. We’re delighted to be able to support them.”

Bernie Barnes, Scheme Manager at Home-Start Northampton, added: “We’re incredibly grateful to everyone at Amazon for supporting us with this donation. It’s support such as this which enables us to continue working hard for vulnerable families in our community, supporting those who need it most.”

The ongoing support of Home-Start forms part of the ‘Amazon in The Community’ programme whereby the company supports the communities around its operating locations across the UK.