Vacancy – Family Support Worker

Home-Start Family Support Worker

(1 year contract)

Part-time 18 hours per week

Salary £17,419 (pro rata)

NJC scale 16

Closing date for applications 20th March 2017

Interview date 28th March 2017

Home-Start Gosport & Fareham is a voluntary organisation promoting the welfare of families with at least one preschool child.

Home visitors help to prevent family crisis or breakdown by offering regular support, befriending and providing practical help to families who are experiencing difficulties.

You will be an enthusiastic and committed individual, able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the needs of families with young children and you will play a key role in supporting families in their own home.

You will be responsible for visiting families in their own homes.  Providing outreach support, you will be helping families to achieve emotionally healthier, less isolated and more active lives within the local community.  As such, it is essential that you have previous relevant experience, a minimal educational achievement of GCSE or NVQ level 2, and an awareness of current legislation and policies relating to children and families.

Applicants will be required to have the use of their own car, for which expenses are paid.

Appointment is subject to satisfactory references and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Home-Start Gosport & Fareham is committed to safe recruitment practice as an important part of safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults.  Home-Start Gosport & Fareham is committed to equality of opportunity and diversity.

For further information and an application pack please contact:-

Louise Wheeldon

T: 01329 825858

E: info@homestartgosportandfareham.org.uk

 

 

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Skittles 2017

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.

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Annual Report 2015-2016

Our Annual Report for 2015-2016 is available by clicking on the link below

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Christmas 2016

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!

bt-open-reach-christmas-boxes megan-stevens-crop

 

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55+ Info Fest

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.

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Stubbington Fayre 2016

Stubbington Fayre

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.

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National Citizen Scheme C047 Group

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.

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Nationwide Building Society Community Match

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.

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The Great South Run

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’.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidMilesBerry

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Annual Report 2014-2015

Our Annual Report for 2014-2015 is available by clicking on the link below.

Annual report 2015

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