We had our annual Skittles Evening at the Crofton Pub in Stubbington. We started the evening with a lovely meal before the competition began.
Arthur won the skittles with an impressive score of 31 and Louise presented him with the trophy.
Ron won the ‘Nearest The Bottle’ game and was very happy with a bottle of Prosecco presented by Debbie.
Everyone enjoyed themselves and we thank the volunteers and trustees for making it a successful evening.
Our Annual Report for 2015-2016 is available by clicking on the link below
We had some lovely gift boxes to give to our Home-Start families. BT Openreach ID Control in Southampton donated 4 boxes full of goodies. Megan also personally donated a box of gifts for a family. We thank them for their kindness and the boxes were very gratefully received by the families that received them.
We also held a Christmas party thanks to the kind donation from Cllr Chris Wood. The children really enjoyed themselves as did the parents and staff!
We attended the 55+ Info Fest at Thorngate Hall, Gosport on Friday 21st October. The event was well attended by various organisations. We met many prospective volunteers with a wealth of parenting and grandparenting experience. They really enjoyed talking to our volunteer Marlane who came with us to help promote the volunteering opportunities. Thanks go to Gosport Borough Council for organising this annual event.
We had a stand at Stubbington Fayre. The main aim was to attract new volunteers although we also sold new books and offered face painting. The day was very successful and the weather was perfect. We now have quite a few prospective volunteers to contact.
Louise, Debbie and her daughter Becky were there all day, and our Chairman Andy and his wife Jan also helped at lunch time so that well earned breaks could be taken! Louise’s partner Dave (& family dog Jack) also offered support and bought us cakes in the afternoon – most welcome!
We met a family from a different area who had support at a difficult time in their lives and they said that they wouldn’t have coped without their volunteer.
A mum that is currently supported by us stopped to say hello and she thanked Home-Start ‘for being there for me’.
Another recently supported family came along and also sang our praises.
All the thanks go to our volunteers who do such a fantastic job – it’s nice to hear these lovely comments.
This group of students did a splendid job of fundraising for our Christmas Party. Here they are at the presentation on Friday 29th July 2016. We thank them for their hard work and wish them luck in their future studies.
We are delighted that Nationwide customers have nominated Home-Start Gosport & Fareham to feature in the Community Match programme in branch.
Community Match is their in-branch, local charity voting scheme.
Each quarter, their branches feature three local charities/community organisations from customer nominations. Customers are invited to vote for a winner with a blue token, issued in branch.
We will receive a £100 donation for being shortlisted to feature in the Community Match voting programme. Should we receive the most votes at the end of the voting campaign, we will then receive an additional £500.
Voting will begin on 1 August 2016 and end on 30 September 2016.
Please support David who is running The Great South Run in October. All the money raised is for Home-Start Gosport & Fareham.
‘On the 23rd October 2016, I will be running the Great South Run for the very worthwhile charity Home-Start Gosport & Fareham. This is a charity that is very close to both my wife and my hearts, as they helped us through some dark times. Without this wonderful charities help I dread to think what might have happened. So I decided to take on this run to hopefully raised lots of money for them to help with the good work that they do on a daily basis’.
Our Annual Report for 2014-2015 is available by clicking on the link below.
Annual report 2015
We are happy to announce that we have been successful with our Big Lottery bid. We have been awarded three years funding to support families with poor mental health through our Minds Matter project. We welcome Caroline to the team as the Minds Matter project co-ordinator.