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Trustees Week 2020

As part of Trustees Week 2020, our trustee Angela joined John on his Afternoon Delight show yesterday at NLive Radio. Angela and John talked about the work Home-Start Northampton does to support local families and the key role that trustees play in supporting the scheme.

Link below if you would like to listen again, Angela appears at around 21:30 into the show.

Afternoon Delight

Big Curry Night In

Our Big Curry Night In was a great success! We would like to thank everyone who participated and donated. We raised an amazing £1320!!

Thank You to the Rotary Club of Northampton West

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to the Rotary Club of Northampton West for their support. Club chairman Paul Hunt recently presented our trustee Robin with a cheque for £1000 towards our continuing support of local families.

Book Trust

BookTrust have launched their 2020 Great Books Guide. If you want inspiration for some new reads for you and your little ones, look no further. 2020 Great Books Guide

Big Curry Night In

Home-Start Northampton’s Big Curry Night In over the weekend of Friday 16th – Sunday 18th October is an opportunity for us to come together under lockdown and enjoy the nation’s favourite dish – a delicious curry.

Click here for more information: Big Curry Night In

Thank you to all our volunteers!

We’ve witnessed so much amazing support within our local community and especially since March 2020. We would like to extend a massive THANK YOU to our volunteers for all that they are doing to support families through these challenging times.

COVID-19 Update

We remain open to supporting families living in our local community and the trustees are diligent in its governance.  We have, and regularly update according to Government guidance, a risk assessment for staff and volunteers to adhere to.  In addition, we have a Covid safe working return to the office document, plus a Covid Face-to-Face meeting checklist document. The nature of our support varies dependent on Government guidelines and in accordance with advice from Home-Start UK; telephone support, home-visiting support, buggy walks, care packages.

If you do need to get in touch with us you can call us on the office number 01604 627692 and leave a message if necessary with your contact details and someone will call you back, however, please note that this may be the following day. .

We would like to reassure you that we will continue to do the best we can for families during these difficult times.

The most up to date COVID-19 guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Home-Start Northampton Welcomes Rugby Legend Paul Grayson and his wife Emma as Patrons

We are delighted to announce that rugby legend Paul Grayson and his wife Emma are to become new Patrons for Home-Start Northampton.

Home-Start Northampton has been working in the town for over 35 years. We are a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under five years of age. Volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to families under stress, in their own homes, helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown. Our support is informal, friendly and confidential. Home-Start supports parents to grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links within the local community.

Paul and Emma have three children, James and twins Joel and Ethan, and know the work that raising three children brings, especially with twins!

During his playing career Paul won the Heineken Cup with Northampton Saints, was a member of the victorious British & Irish Lions squad in 1997 and a World Cup winner with England in 2003. After retiring as a player, Paul spent some years in management at Northampton Saints and now works in the media.

Paul and Emma said “As parents of three boys including twins, we are well aware of the increased workload that a multiple birth brings and know how important an extra pair of hands and a listening ear can be at these times. We learned about the valuable work Home-Start does in Northampton through friends and felt that this fitted our ethos. As such we are delighted to become patrons of this charity and look forward to helping generate a greater awareness and raise much needed funds required to provide this valuable service in Northampton”.

Northampton Half Marathon

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic the Northampton Half Marathon planned for September 2020 was cancelled much to everyone’s disappointment; the organisers of the event and participating organisations of which we were one.  However, please watch this space to see what the position is for 2021 or ring the Home-Start office on 01604 627692 and speak with Kerrie Purr, one of our co-ordinators.