Home-Start Cotswolds

There for parents when they need us most,
because childhood can't wait

Welcome to our news page. You will find on this page all of the news from Home-Start Cotswolds. The items are listed in a summary form in the boxes below. Click on the image (if one is present), the title or the read more link to open the item and reveal the detail. 

Come to our AGM!

Come to our AGM!

Our Annual General Meeting will offer an opportunity for us to reflect on and celebrate our many achievements during 2023-2024. This year, we are delighted to welcome two of our families - along with their volunteers - to talk about the support they receive from...

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Katharine’s 100 mile challenge

Katharine’s 100 mile challenge

At the end of May, our Senior Coordinator, Katharine, will be taking on a massive challenge in aid of Home-Start Cotswolds. Having only taken up cycling fairly recently, she will be taking on the roads around London and out to Essex for a 100-mile challenge called...

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Roots and Seeds Event

Roots and Seeds Event

In February, we welcomed friends old and new to hear about the work we have been doing - and get to know each other over a cocktail and some delicious nibbles! Sam Lawson-King and the team at Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden generously allowed us to use their beautiful...

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The Class of 2024!

The Class of 2024!

Congratulations to our new volunteers who have just graduated from their training course! They were presented with their certificates by Lavinia Sidgwick from Summerfield Charitable Trust. Without incredible people like this, we wouldn't be able to support as many...

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Join our team!

Join our team!

Home-Start Cotswolds Operations Manager 18.5 hours per week Office based (Cirencester) or hybrid role Salary £33,945 (pro rata) Home-Start Cotswolds is a local charity offering support to families with young children who are experiencing challenging times. Our trained...

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Farewell Janice

Farewell Janice

Last week we said goodbye to Janice Gibson (below right seated), who has been a Senior Coordinator with us for 14 years. In that time she has supported numerous families and volunteers across the Cotswolds, helping children to have the best possible start in life. On...

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Welcome Ivan!

Welcome Ivan!

We are delighted to welcome Ivan Lambert to our team as an Administrator, replacing Karen Roberts, who has now become Office Coordinator. Ivan has been working with Home-Start since 2021 and says it has been a rewarding experience. 'I feel privileged to be able to...

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Royal Carol Concert

Royal Carol Concert

Two of our incredible long-standing volunteers (Bridget Plant and trustee Carolyn Ford) were thrilled to attend a carol concert at Westminster Abbey, hosted by the Princess of Wales and The Royal Foundation. They were joined by 3 volunteers from Home-Start Stroud...

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Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer

Once again we hosted two Christmas lunches in December for our fabulous volunteers - both family supporters and trustees. Coordinator Liz Wilkinson hosted one at Cotswold Farm Park (including a tour of the farm!) and in Cirencester, Katharine and the office team...

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Ben Miller lends his support!

Ben Miller lends his support!

We are delighted to announce that actor, comedian and children's author, Ben Miller, is going to be working with us to help raise awareness and recruit more volunteers. Ben has an impressive acting resume, which includes Death in Paradise, Bridgerton and the Johnny...

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Summer Holiday Activities

Summer Holiday Activities

The school holidays are here! But with most of us having to budget carefully, it can be tricky to find free or low cost ideas to keep the children occupied. We have compiled a list of activities taking place across the Cotswolds which you can find here and there are...

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AGM 2023

AGM 2023

We were delighted to welcome Mayor of Cirencester, Sabrina Dixon, to our recent AGM (pictured above on the right with Carla Partridge, incoming Chair). She is a very busy lady and we are grateful that she could make the time to come along. At the event we said a sad...

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Glorious Hike!

Glorious Hike!

We were really lucky to have the most gorgeous weather for our Hike earlier this month. Thank you to everyone who came along, especially Carolyn Ford - one of our amazing trustees - and her husband Nicholas who made it all work so smoothly, as well as trustee Richard...

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Join us as a Trustee!

Join us as a Trustee!

We are looking for Trustees to join our friendly Management Committee. If you have experience in the public or private sector that you think could be of benefit to us, eg. in HR, Marketing, Fundraising, IT etc., then read on! This is a voluntary role that involves:...

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Graduation Day!

Graduation Day!

Congratulations to our new cohort of fabulous volunteers who finished their Preparation Training Course this week. We can't wait to start matching you with families who will benefit hugely from your support. Welcome to the team! 

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Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire County Council