Snowflake Ball 2018

There's only 2 weeks left until our annual Snowflake Ball!

We are so grateful to this years supporters;

Main Event Sponsor: Henbrandt ltd.

Drinks Sponsor: Link Group

Dessert Sponsors: Hudson SignsMaple Farms &  Diane Milan

 

Table Sponsors:

Clarke & SimpsonJo Jo Humes Brown Design

Ashley Meyer,  Grange Farm, Honey & Harvey,

JHI Marketing , Marks & Mann, Notcutts,

Stubborn Mule Travel, Suffolk Carpet Weavers,

The Table , Tracy Rogers

 

Sell-Out Musical Has Spare Seats for Suffolk Bidders

It’s the Broadway hit show which has witnessed among the fastest ticket sales in recent times  – but that hasn’t stopped one Suffolk charity getting hold of tickets for Hamilton the musical.

Keen to provide some exceptional auction prizes for its forthcoming Snowflake Ball, Home-Start in Suffolk has managed to secure seats for this fantastic live performance.

The charity’s ball takes place at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall on Friday 18th May, and is seeking to raise money to support its lifeline work for families around the county.

In the last year Home-Start has worked with over 300 families who may be struggling for many differing reasons, such as illness or disability, multiple births, mental health problems – or, following a bereavement.

Each year the charity aims to raise over £30,000 through local fundraising activities and their Snowflake Ball is the pinnacle of their annual fundraising calendar.

Charlotte Nowosad, Fundraising Co-ordinator, said: “The Snowflake is representative of the unique and fragile nature of the children that the charity support and we are so excited to have these most coveted tickets to help fund the amazing support that our volunteers give local families.”

If you would like to find out more about Home-Start or purchase tickets for the Ball (priced at £58 per person), please contactthe team on 01473 621104.

 

 

We need 30 seconds of your time

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We are currently trying to capture short sound bites (mini voice recordings) about peoples experience of Home-Start in Suffolk.
We hope to use a mix of these sound bites at various events, and online, to help give people an idea about what we do, who we are, the benefits of support, why people volunteer etc.

If you would be able to record a sound bite, and/or ask your Home-Start family to record one we'd be ever so grateful. we're not at all fussy who does it, partners and children are very welcome to get involved! You can even ask your own family to tell us what they think about your volunteering, perhaps you have a proud partner, child or parent that would like to be involved!

So here's how you do it:

Most modern phones have a sound recording app- for example 'Voice recorder' on a Samsung, or Voice memo on an Iphone.

With as little background noise as possible record a 30second -1minute clip ( don't worry if its less than 30seconds or more than a minute, as we are able to edit these).

Then save and send us the clip via email to headoffice@homestartinsuffolk.org, you can do this as an email attachment, or once you've recorded the sound clip, chose to share via email or via Whatsapp to 07763598213. Whatsapp has the facility to record directly using the in app voice recorder, however you might find the sound recorder apps easier to use, as you can check it and re-record if neede before you send it to us.
Please put your name in the message so we know who is sending it, and also let us know if you are happy for your name to be used alongside your clip or not.

Any problems just give us a call on 01473 621104 or email headoffice@homestartinsuffolk.org

INCREASED FAMILY DEMAND CALLS FOR URGENT VOLUNTEER SUPPORT

A SURGE in calls for support, from families across Suffolk post-Christmas, has led to one charity making an urgent appeal for volunteers.

 Home-Start in Suffolk typically sees a spike in requests for help and befriending immediately after the festive season, but this year saw a marked uplift on previous years.

The charity is determined to counter the potential demise in family relationships and mental health during this critical phase, but needs more individuals to come forward and give the gift of their time in the community.

Tara Somers, Executive Manager for the scheme across the county, said: “Every year, in January, we anticipate a rise in the number of families – or referrers – calling us to say that there is a particular ‘need’ in a household.

“Christmas can be a very stressful time for families, particularly where there are young children concerned. That simply exacerbates any underlying issues or vulnerabilities.”

Since the office of the Martlesham headquarters reopened after the immediate Christmas public holidays, 48 referrals have been received, directly seeking help and support, a 182% increase from the same period last year.

Ms Somers says the need is particularly prevalent in the west of the county, and in the area of Beccles.

“These are two areas where we have identified a significant requirement for more volunteers,” she said.

“We have families who could benefit from a few hours a week of befriending, which is typically carried out by someone who we vet and train, and who then spends time understanding the very specific issues of that household.

“It may be that the person merely spends time with one or both parents, or helps with certain tasks around the home. Each case is very unique.”

Home-Start’s core objective is to help families where there is at least one child under the age of twelve. The charity provides a potential ‘lifeline’ during periods such as bereavement, ill health, social isolation, or any number of challenging circumstances.
The organisation delivers a full programme of training for new volunteers, and thoroughly screens all applicants via the DBS process.

Ms Somers commented: “We would very much like to hear from anyone who has ever considered sparing a few hours a week volunteering.


“We can talk an applicant through the ways in which they can help a family, what support will be provided for them as the befriender, and how strong our feedback approach is, to ensure they feel confident at every stage.

“A small amount of time from someone could make such an incredible difference to the life of a family in Suffolk.”

To discuss befriending roles, or other ways to support Home-Start in Suffolk, please contact the Martlesham office on 01473 621104.

 

You're in Control

You’re in Control awarded £80,522 by BBC Children in Need

Home-Start in East Ipswich is celebrating being awarded an £80,522 grant by BBC Children In Need.

The generous three-year grant will be used to fund the You’re In Control project, a new initiative which is set to support children and young people in Ipswich.

You’re in Control targets those between seven and 12 years of age, together with their families, and provides one-to-one volunteers who help deliver emotional and practical support to boost a young person’s self-esteem.

It is the first direct service that Home-Start has provided to children and young people in Ipswich, and the need was identified as a result of increased referrals, specifically requesting such support.

Tara Somers Manager of Home-Start, said: “Without the support of Children in Need we would have really struggled to get this much needed project underway.

“This grant allows us to reach out to young people, by funding a youth co-ordinator who will then be responsible for recruiting and training volunteers. These volunteers will provide direct support to children and young people in Ipswich.”

The grant itself has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the public.

A total of £32.6 million was raised on Appeal night 2014 and BBC Children in Need have since announced that this total has risen to a record breaking £49.1 million. 

BBC Children in Need funding relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time and money to support the Appeal.  Whether it’s cake sales, spending the day in fancy dress or putting on a quiz, every penny of the money raised goes towards supporting projects across the UK.

All grants go to projects working with children and young people living in the UK who may be affected by homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who have faced challenges in their lives such as serious illness, disabilities and psychological disorders.