Fundraising afternoon at the Co-op in Shinfield

This week we went along to our local Co-op to let everyone who shops there know that they can nominate us as their local cause. If you live in Wokingham and are a Co-op member you can choose us too!


Donation from Wokingham Winter Carnival Committee

We were delighted to be presented with a cheque this morning for £1000, a generous donation from the Wokingham Winter Carnival Committee. The cheque was presented by Dave Donaldson the Chair of the Wokingham Winter Carnival Committee and the Wokingham Town Mayor Gwynneth Hewetson. A huge thank you from Home-Start Wokingham.

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Volunteer for Home-Start Wokingham

Are you recently retired, children starting school or maybe have spare time and would like to do something rewarding to help a vulnerable family in need of support. Your experience as a parent is very valuable to us.
Volunteer Preparation Course starting Tuesday 25th September 2017, 0ne morning a week for 8 weeks. Please call Mandy or Lindsay 0118 988 8025 for more information.

Big Support Group

A good turnout at the Big Support Group this morning for our volunteers.  Guest speaker Jo Roberts from Autism Berkshire came along to share her knowledge on the subject and answer questions from the volunteers.  Certificates were given out  to volunteers for 3 years service and two certificates for 15 years service.  One of those 15 year certificates was given to Joan who also retired from Home-Start today to spend more time with her family.  Thank you Joan for the time and dedication you have given to Home-Start, we will miss you.


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Caroline Tyler awarded Winnersh Parish Civic Award for 2016


Caroline has been a home visiting volunteer for Home-Start Wokingham District for over 3 years. Since completing our 10 week Volunteer Preparation Course she was introduced to a family in Winnersh with 10 month old triplets in May 2013 when the family were new to the area and without a local support network of friends and family. To date Caroline has made 119 visits which equates to over 270 hours of her time spent with mum and the boys. 

Support was initially around being an additional pair of hands to help with hospital appointments, feeding, emotional support for mum as well as allowing her to have a well-deserved rest. As the boys have reached their developmental milestones visits have changed somewhat to include spending time reading with them, doing activities such as painting, colouring as well as recently introducing them to board games. Caroline’s consistent support has allowed mum to have that special 1to1 time with each of them in turn and has become a true friend. 

Caroline arrives for her weekly visit with her trusted bag of bits and pieces including a few books that both her and the boys know word for word although they still want to listen to Caroline read them every week. The boys call her Caroliney and mum thinks of her as the boys surrogate granny. It has become a weekly ritual that she beeps her horn as she drives away with boys waving her off on the door step. 

Caroline is a very conscientious individual with a caring nature and has been and remains an amazing support to the family. I know that Caroline absolutely loves her time with the family and is proud to be a Home-Start volunteer. She has even introduce us to her next door neighbour who is now a fully trained Home-Start volunteer following in Caroline’s footsteps.

The presentation will be made by the Mayor of Wokingham on Saturday 18th June at the Winnersh Fete between 3pm – 3.30pm

Please feel free to pop along and join in the celebration




Guardian obituary of founder Margaret Harrison compares Home-Start’s worth to NSPCC and others

The Guardian has published its obituary of Margaret Harrison, founder of Home-Start, on
As well as outlining her life and achievements, the feature said “Home-Start’s contribution to child welfare can today be considered alongside that of leading charities such as the NSPCC or Barnardos”.
Touching on the financial pressures faced by the local and national charities in the Home-Start network, the obituary also talks about the successful and cost-effective model that is Home-Start today. 
Read the full obituary here:

Donation from Asda

We were delighted to have Frank from Asda in Lower Earley visit us in the office with a cheque from the Community Token Scheme of £200.  Thank you to all who used their token to vote for us

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Free Cakes for Kids

Just a few of the wonderful cakes that have been to supplied to our families thanks to Free Cakes for Kids.

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The first Free Cakes for Kids group in the UK was founded in December 2008. Having read about a similar project in the US, Henriette Lundgren adapted the model to her local community and set up the first Free cakes for Kids group in Oxford. Since then the group has grown steadily and helped many others start their own community groups.

As a result, the word spread and more and more groups began to bake under the Free Cakes for Kids UK banner. They are now active in more than 80 communities across the UK including Wokingham & Reading.

A big thank you to the co-ordinators and volunteer bakers from both Reading and Wokingham schemes for delivering the most amazing birthday cakes.

Home-Start Quality Seal of Approval

In recognition of achieving 100% in our recent Quality Audit, Home-Start Wokingham District has been awarded a Quality Seal of Approval from Home-Start UK. Thank you to everyone that contributed and made this possible.

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Community Newsletter

Download a copy of our latest Community Newsletter by clicking on the link below:

Home-Start Wokingham District Community Newsletter Issue 5

Easy Fundraising

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