Community Grant of £1000
Home-Start Sedgemoor has received a £1000 grant from the Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust. This much needed grant will be used to train the next batch of home visiting volunteers, without whom we would
not be able to provide the invaluable service to families in need of support across Sedgemoor that we currently provide.
The course is 40 hours held over 10 weeks and it provides essential training to the volunteers who are on the frontline to be able to confidently provide practical and emotional support in a approachable, friendly and non-judgmental way.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust for their support as without this kind of support Home-Start Sedgemoor would not be able to help families with children aged 0-5, who are in need of support and friendship.
Award winning AsOne Theatre has created a captivating new show for all the family with the most recent offering from its dynamic AsCend ensemble. The play is a witty re-working of Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale, an audio-visual treat, ‘tinderbox’ is a feast of powerful physical storytelling, puppetry, shadow-play, animated image, and live original music and song - creating a spellbinding experience to thrill any age - connecting both the young and young at heart - ‘Putting the magic back into theatre for all the family’.
AsOne Theatre have generously offered Home-Start schemes local to the theatres they are performing in the chance to raise money. They will be supporting Home-Start Sedgemoor at two of their performance venues by offering their retiring collection to our charity. This is a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about what Home-Start Sedgemoor offer and the support we give and also try to raise money so we can continue to help children and families across Sedgemoor.
They will be performing at the following venues on the following dates so please come along and enjoy this spectacular play and show your support for Home-Start Sedgemoor.
The Princess Theatre, Burnham on Sea
Princess St, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset TA8 1EH
Thursday 29th October 2015 2.30pm
Tickets £10 /£6.50 /family £30
01278 784464 Princess Theatre and arts Centre
The Brewhouse Theatre
Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL
Wednesday 4 November 2015 7.00 pm
Tickets: All tickets £8
01823 283244 Brewhouse Theatre
We Are Changing Our Name
Home-Start Bridgwater Area has been serving families in Sedgemoor since its re birth in 2010; it is well used and valued by the local community but we have come to realise that its name may be misleading. The members have elected to re name the scheme to better reflect the community we work in – we are therefore delighted to announce that the scheme will now be known as Home-Start Sedgemoor. To mark this, the scheme will be holding a series of ‘re- launch’ events across the district later in the year; watch this space to find out where and when.
Gold Standard Reached – Home-Start’s Quality Assurance Review Success
The scheme has recently undergone its three year quality assurance review. A likened to an Ofsted inspection, the scheme’s work has been scrutinised across eight standards which range from working with families and volunteers to governance and financial checks as well as safeguarding and protection of vulnerable children. The scheme is delighted to announce that it achieved 98% in terms of standards met with some areas of practice being very good or outstanding. Our thanks go to those volunteers, families and referrers who were involved in the process; feedback included –
‘Very happy, enjoying volunteering for Home-Start. I have been well matched and I know there is support if I need it’
‘Home-Start is a well-kept secret … excellent training for the volunteers - made me feel empowered – that I really can make a difference. A fabulous service’
‘Good service. Kept me informed / updated which is very important - I am still involved with the family and know the family is very happy with the support’
‘Have received good feedback from the families I have referred. Just a shame that they aren’t able to support more families as is it a very valuable service’
‘My volunteer is brilliant; she understands and helps me with my daughter and listens to me when I am not feeling so good. Home-Start has been very supportive’
Short Story 2015 - The Prize-giving
On April 25th best-selling novelist Tracy Chevalier came to Bridgwater Arts Centre to announce her choice of the winners in this year’s competition. Taking time out from her busy work schedule (her next book, and recently returned from a literary festival in Mexico), she singled out ‘The Interview’ by Geraldine Terry as the recipient of the £500 first prize. The other winners hailed from Australia, Sussex and Glastonbury.
The winning stories were read out to an audience, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Bridgwater, of readers and writers. Then tea and cakes were served, while Tracy Chevalier signed copies of her books supplied by Brendon Books, of Taunton.
The Home-Start Bridgwater Short Story Prize has raised over £12000 for the charity since it was launched in 2012.
1st Place - Geraldine Terry - The Interview.
After many years in Management in large manufacturing and retail companies, Geraldine gave up full time work to spend more time writing. She has been placed in several competitions but this is her first win.
2nd Place - Glenys Osbourne - The City Across the Valley - (Not Published)
3rd Place - Peter Kettle - The Departing Digit.
Winner of the prize for a story from a local writer - Steve Leighton - The Strange Story of a Tiny Book.