Summer Newsletter 2016

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who home-visited 80 families from April until the end of June.   

I have some great news!  A funder has chosen to finance us to develop and deliver a pilot project.  The Home-Start Freedom project will pilot a three month course running in Eastbourne and Hastings for women who are interested in finding out more about the reality of domestic abuse, whether they are in or have left a domestic abuse relationship, including women who have no plans to leave their partner.  In the autumn we will hold some information events. 

It is with regret that Marion will be leaving us at the end of July.  We are a small friendly team so it feels like we are saying goodbye to a member of the family! We are not planning to recruit another Coordinator until we have secured significant multiyear funding.  This means that Sarah will be supporting families where we are currently receiving financial support – at the moment this is Wealden, Lewes district, Battle and certain areas within Hastings and Rother, although this is subject to change. 
Since April our priority has been to reduce expenditure and secure funds to enable our home-visiting support to vulnerable families to continue for the longer term.   We have been taking a two-pronged approach to fundraising. This is because in order to secure significant multiyear funding, the process can take a good part of a year from initial application submission.  We have received enough short term money to keep us going for the next few months.  However, we will need to review our financial situation in the autumn. 
Kim, our administrator is now on maternity leave. We wish her well and look forward to welcoming her back in April next year.  All the staff are excited to meet the first Home-Start East Sussex baby!
For more information contact or 01273 612025
Kind regards
Kate Lawrence
Scheme Manager

Thank you very much to everyone who took part in our annual volunteer survey.  Its purpose was to find out what they think we do  well, what we could improve and to make sure that everyone is enjoying their experience with Home-Start. 39% of volunteers responded.
We asked the following questions:
  • How much do you enjoy volunteering with Home-Start East Sussex?
  • Is there anything you particularly enjoy?
  • Is there anything Home-Start East Sussex could do to improve your experience?
  • How supported do you feel?
  • Any other comments?
The vast majority of volunteers are enjoying their time with HSES with an average score of 4.5 (out of 5) and most want to make a difference to the lives of families. Some find it frustrating that visits were limited to eight and would like more time to help each family.  One person wants less paperwork, one wants more training opportunities, one feels that group support is occasionally too far away and one wants more information about each family.  Three people were unhappy with the level of support from their coordinator, this has been discussed with staff.
Here are some things that the volunteers have to say:

"Carry on doing the great job you do in providing such an important service."

"I feel HomeStart continues to make a valuable contribution to society. I would like Home - Start to not only be able to help the families who already have had support and intervention, but to still be able to help a large number of struggling families before they get into crisis, and often are looking for help."

"It is difficult if you do not feel that you have made progress."

"In a lot of cases 8 visits would not be enough."

"I know I can pick up the phone and ask for advice or support from the Home-Start team if I need to."

"Happy with all staff. I have always felt welcomed and supported."
Change4Life 10 Minute Shake Up 2016
The Change4Life 10 Minute Shake Up with Disney campaign is back and encouraging families to ‘Just Keep Moving’ as they kick off a summer of activity, inspired by this year’s Disney·Pixar film, Finding Dory. 2016 marks the third year that Change4Life and Disney have come together to inspire children to move more, utilising some of Disney’s most recognisable and popular characters.
The Change4Life 10 Minute Shake Up with Disney will once again look to address the issue that currently not enough children are getting the 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity recommended per day. The campaign will also communicate the significant benefits of achieving this, alongside the harmful effects of not moving enough. Physical activity is beneficial for a child’s physical, social and mental wellbeing, yet just 21% of boys and 16% of girls currently meet the national recommended level of activity of 60 minutes each day. In addition, a third of 10-11 year olds and a fifth of 4-5 year olds are either overweight or obese.

For more information please go to -

Really Easy Banana Ice cream.... Yummy

Serves 4
4 ripe bananas cut in to chunks
3-4 tbsp milk
2tbsp toasted flaked almonds
2 tbsp ready-made toffee or chocolate sauce

Pop banana chunks on a flat tray and cover well.  Freeze for at least an hour or until frozen through.  When ready to eat, throw the banana in to a food processor and whiz until smooth with enough milk to achieve a smooth creamy texture.  Scoop into four bowls or glasses then top with sauce and nuts.



Good Luck Marion

We are very sad to say goodbye to Marion Lucken who is one of our very hard working family and volunteer coordinators. She has worked for Home-Start tirelessly for over 11 years, not only supporting families and volunteers, but raising funds, fixing computers and generally helping in any way she can.  We shall miss her friendship and laughter.
Parent Voice is an advice and support service for families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Please click on the link below if you would like more information.
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