On 10th January 2017 members of Home-Start Norwich voted to merge with the other Home-Start schemes in Norfolk to create Home-Start Norfolk. We look forward to working with our colleagues across the county to support families in need.
The 5 Home-Start schemes of Norfolk will officially merge into one on 1st April 2017.
Thank you staff at BT Open Reach
Thank you for all the fantastic shoe boxes filled with presents for needy children. We are really grateful for your support.
Norwich 99.9 radio Local Hero awards winner
We are delighted and proud to be awarded Norwich 99.9 radio Local Hero Volunteer of the Year Award at a Gala Dinner on Wednesday 12th October 2016. Thank you to everyone who nominated us for this special award which was sponsored by Heritage Legal & Financial.
Home-Start is the leading family support charity in Norfolk.
We appreciate the support of all our funders who enable us to continue our work supporting families.
If you are able to support us in any way please get in touch.
Trisha Goddard presents prizes at our AGM
Our patron Trisha Goddard flew back from the USA to present awards for long service and 'above and beyond' awards at our AGM.
Norwich & Peterborough
Thank you to all the N&P customers who voted for us in their recent Community Charity collection.
Support our Sponsored Walk
On Sunday 15th May, staff, trustees and friends completed a 6 or 10 mile sponsored walk around the beautiful river side near Acle, Norfolk. So far a fantastic £650 has been raised. Donations are still welcome via our BTdonate link.
We are delighted to announce the support of Aviva and thank them for their generous donation. We look forward to working with you during the year.
Thank you Waitrose
We are really grateful to the customers of Waitrose who voted us in 1st place at the recent Community Matters green token collection. We are delighted to receive a cheque for £421.
North Norfolk Pilot Project - LIVE
We are now open for referrals from North Norfolk as we have newly trained volunteers available. Emma, our North Norfolk Coordinator will be coordinating the volunteers and families in the area.
Thank you to Victory Housing Trust and Norfolk Community Foundation for making this possible.
HEART giving tree donations
A really big thank you to everyone who donated to the Giving Tree in Chapelfield so generously. Our gifts will be gratefully received by the families we support.
Thanks again BT
BT engineering staff from Broadland Business Park have collected and packed some fantastic gift boxes for needy children. Thanks to everyone who contributed.
Thank you Breakaway Norfolk
Thanks Breakaway for your continued support during 2015, raising money through quiz evenings, breakfast events and other actvities throughout the year - raising more than £3000 for Home-Start Norwich. Here is Nicole collecting a cheque from the quiz evening.
Thank you Lions Club International
We are extremely grateful to Kevin at the Lions Club International for your very generous donation towards supporting families.
Thank you Smith & Pinching
We are very grateful to receive a donation from Smith & Pinching Charitable Trust in Norwich.
Thank you Jarolds Charity Challenge
A really big thank you to staff at Jarrolds for nominating Home-Start Norwich for their Charity Challenge. Elvis presented Helen, our Funding Co-ordinator, with a donation raised at the Carols with the King Concert in December.
Partnership with Breakaway Norfolk
We are delighted to have been chosen at the Charity Partner for the networking group Breakaway Norfolk for 2015.
A big thank you to Norwich Business Womens' Network
The NBWN supported and raised funds for Home-Start throughout 2014 and we were delighted to receive a cheque donation of £4000 at their December meeting.
Thank you staff at BT Norwich
Thank you so much for the wonderful shoe boxes filled with presents. They will be very gratefully received by some of the families we work with.
Home-Start Norwich decorates the Forum with snowflakes to raise awareness of our campaign
It has started snowing at the Forum in Norwich with the artwork of local children where hundreds of snowflakes are being displayed, raising awareness of our Snowflake Appeal to support vulnerable children in Norwich. See them around the balcony, in the Children's Library and Fusion area. Thanks to all the local children who have helped us create such a fantastic display!
Launch of Snowflake Appeal
Our Snowflake Appeal which is being promoted by Home-Start Ambassador Kirstie Allsop has been launched. We will be decorating the Forum in Norwich with paper snowflakes decorated by local children.
Help to raise funds and join us with our snowflake themed activities during the lead up to Christmas.
"Children and families are like snowflakes - unique and fragile. The appeal is a brilliant metaphor for the way Home-Start helps people. This is an amazing organisation - on the ground, helping people" Kirstie Allsop, Home-Start Ambassador, Mum & Step-mum.
Theatre Royale Collection
Thank you to the audience of West Side Story who generously donated £1119.78 to Home-Start Norwich during its theatre collection week.
Long service awards to volunteers
Some of the long-standing Home-Start Norwich volunteers were congratulated on their achievements at our AGM, and awarded with certificates for their long service. Volunteers pictured below are Sue (6 1/2 years' service), Sue T (14 years), Nicky (5 years), Jeannette (12 years), Gulcheher (6 1/2 years).
Sarah's Hadrian's Wall Challenge
Well done Sarah, our family co-ordinator, who recently completed her 84 mile challenge walking the length of Hadrian's Wall in just 6 days. So far Sarah has raised almost £200 but it's not too late to donate online using the MyDonate link here.
Bishop's Garden Event
We are very grateful for the support of volunteers, family and friends of Home-Start Norwich and everyone who visited us to make our afternoon at the Bishop's Garden such a great success.
Lloyds Bank Foundation
We are pleased to announce the funding of our Starting Together project, in partnership with NANSA (Norfolk and Norwich Scope Association), working with families with a disabled child. We will be training volunteers for this role commencing in June 2014.
Lord Cozens-Hardy Charitable Trust
Thank you very much for your kind donation which will enable us to continue the support disadvantaged families in Norwich.
Norfolk Community Fund
Thank you to the Norfolk Community Fund for helping to fund the salary of a new co-ordinator so that we can support more families.
Mills & Reeve Charitable Trust
Thank you for your donation towards our running costs.
Pricewaterhouse Coopers Fund
Thanks to a grant from Pricewaterhouse Coopers Fund at the Norfolk Community Foundation, we will be purchasing some Story Sacks to help young children improve their listening and communication skills.
BT Christmas parcels
Thank you so much to the staff at BT in Norwich who made up some fantastic shoe boxes full of Christmas goodies to be given out to some of the families we work with.
Macarons and More
Thank you to Tim and the staff at Macarons & More in the Royal Arcade who donated all their profits on the Macaron Day in September to Home-Start Norwich to help us support families in need. We are very grateful for your support.
Hatch Brenner Caribbean Evening
Hatch Brenner Solicitors hosted a Caribbean Evening for clients and donated half the proceeds of its fundraising auction to Home-Start Norwich. Thank you very much for your support Hatch Brenner!
Thank you Smith & Pincher
A really big thank you to Smith & Pinching Charitable Trust for your donation towards our work.
BIG Lottery Success
We are pleased to announce that our lottery bid has been successful to continue our families support in need in and around Norwich. The grant will provide part funding over four years.
Thank you to Sainsburys
Sarah collected a cheque for £150 recently from Sainsburys at Pound Lane in Norwich. The money was collected by the bag for life scheme.
...for donations received from Paul Bassham Trust, John Jarrold Trust, Norwich Cathedral and Anne & Andrew Wales recently. Your help will make a big difference to families in Norwich.
Home-Start Norwich Pamper Evening
We had a brilliant Pamper Evening at the Oaklands Hotel on 6th March and raised £1235.50 at the event. Everybody who attended enjoyed a fun evening. Our thanks to the small group of volunteers who organised and attended, the Oaklands Hotel for hosting the event and all the stallholders and beauty treatments for their generosity.
Thank you Waitrose
Waitrose have kindly donated £733 to Home-Start from their Community Matters Christmas collection. Thank you to Waitrose and all the customers who supported us.
Asda Community Collection
Thank you to ASDA who raised £200 as part of their Community Collection recently.
Harford Bridge Tesco Collection
Despite the icy weather, our volunteers braved the cold to collect outside Tesco. We raised £214.46 for Home-Start funds. Thank you volunteers and everybody who donated!
Thank you John Lewis Community Matters
John Lewis have kindly donated £630 to Home-Start Norwich as a result of their first Community Matters charity fund.
The money will help fund our Families Christmas Party this year. Thank you very much John Lewis store and all the customers who voted for us!
Nicole's Charity Ride
Nicole, one of our volunteers, cycled 77 miles from Cambridge to Norwich to raise money for Home-Start Norwich. So far she has raised over £70. Please sponsor Nicole's fantastic efforts by donating through LocalGiving.
Jenny's Three Peaks Challenge
Jenny tackled the Three Peaks Challenge in September, to support her Home-Start family raise money for their child who needs specialist help for her disabilities. Well done Jenny!
Forum Family Fun Day
We raised over £500 in August at our Family Fun Day in the Forum, Norwich. There were lots of children's games and activities, face painting, cakes and plants. We were encouraged by the number of people who gave us their support and positive feedback. Thank you to all the volunteers and their families who helped us on the day or donated prizes, cakes and plants. Thanks also to Pizza Express, McDonalds, Bewilderwood, QD, the Oaklands Hotel for donating prizes for the competitions and stalls.
Family Day Out
Our families enjoyed a trip to Melsop Farm Park in May. They had fun watching the piglets, goats, chicks, rabbits and guinea pigs. They enjoyed a picnic in the outdoor play area and played on the giant slide and trampoline. Thank you to the Norwich North Lions Club for helping fund our day out and McCarthy's for donating fruit.