Henry Smith Charity

A massive thank you to the Henry Smith Charity who have decided to further fund our main work with local families for another two and a half years.

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ASDA

The green token community scheme run by ASDA in Tilehurst has raised £200 for us, which we go toward supporting local families. Thank you ASDA and their...

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Mental Health Starts in the Womb Conference

Following our five Mums in Mind courses we remain passionate and determined to secure more funds to continue this targeted support of mums who are experiencing changes with their mental health, following pregnancy and/or child birth. We are a founding member of...

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Children in Need

Pudsey (our favourite bear) has given our two family groups security for the next three years. This grant will continue our work with the more "hard to reach" families who less likely to engage with available services in the Whitley and Dee Park areas of Reading....

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Litenow’s Bike Ride

Thank you so much to the staff of Litenow who got on their bikes and raised a wonderful £300 for our work.

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Gut Buster

Mortimer in West Berkshire was alive with the squelching of muddy runners on New Years Eve.  An amazing £940.00 was raised!  This wonderful and kind donation will be used to help continue our Mums in Mind work in 2017.

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Pennington Manches LLP

The local branch of solicitors' firm Pennington Manches became our corporate friend in 2016.  The staff have been brilliant.  One took on the Thames Path Trek and raised £48.00. Staff raised £135.00 on a cake sale which also gave rise to an easy cook book - copies...

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Litenow Ltd

This year began with Litenow becoming our new corporate friend.  So far their generous boss has replaced all of our flashing lights in the office.  We are plotting fundraising activities for them – so watch this space…

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Annual Report

Please have a look at our annual report and read about what we have been doing to support local families between April 2015 and March 2016.  If you would like to volunteer as a Trustee or a home-visiting co-ordinator, we would love to hear from...

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Parenting Pathways Report

Parenting Pathways was a joint pilot project run in partnership with Mencap Reading. We offered a tailored parenting course in a safe and secure group for parents with learning disabilities or difficulties, who were known to social services.  To read our evaluation...

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Home-Start Reading wins five-year Lottery Award

In 2013 everyone at Home-Start Reading was thrilled with the news that the charity had won a five year grant from the Big Lottery Fund to support the home-visiting side of the charity. Jill Lake, Chairperson, said, “We are pleased that the Big Lottery Fund has shown...

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AGM

It is that time again when we are preparing for our Annual General Meeting.  If you would like to come along and hear about the work that we have done over the 2014-2015 financial year, please do so.  We will be at the Abbey Baptist Church (behind the central library)...

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Easter Bunny hops to Home-Start Reading

Well done to Thames Vale Vultures who worked really hard collecting chocolate eggs for families in need. Some of these chocolate eggs were delivered by the Easter Bunny disguised as Reading Rotary Clubs, to us, so that we can give them out to families that we work...

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Throwback Friday Fundraising Event

The parents of Caversham Primary School donned their dancing shoes at their annual fundraising event and raised a fantastic £2,650.00 towards our core running costs. Thank you ladies and gentlemen for risking blisters and woozy heads so we can continue giving...

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Berzserk’s Hood Raises £400

We were honoured to be chosen by Matt Whitelock of Berzerk Productions as their chosen Charity for their performance of Hood. The multi-talented young cast are amazing and portrayed a family in crisis with such persuasion and conviction. Hood is now being performed in...

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Annual Report

If you would like to read more about our work over the last year please refer to our Annual Report 2013-2014.

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New Preparation Course

Our next training course for new volunteers is booked to start on Tuesday 3rd March 2015. It will be taking place at the South Reading Youth and Community Centre on Northumberland Avenue, Whitley. Places are now being allocated to those would like to be-friend a local...

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Pride of Reading Winner

We are overwhelmed by winning the Charity of the Year 2014 accolade (as sponsored by Reading Buses).  We feel it is such an amazing honour to have been considered and nominated, but to actually win has been breath-taking!  This award marks the commitment, over the...

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BBC Children in Need funding success!

We are delighted to announce that the BBC Children in Need will be continuing their funding for the next three years for Home-Start Reading's two family groups! This is fantastic news as this grant is the main funding stream which enables these groups to operate...

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