On Monday 7th November 2016 9 lovely new volunteers complete their training with us and are ready to be matched with families over the next few weeks.
Our family group started back on the 15th September 2016. We welcomed several new families and 2 new members of staff Jane and Irena. Group continues to be available for all Home-Start families to attend and is held at Four Dwellings Children’s Centre Thursday mornings 10 till 12. Our theme for the autumn term is the zoo to coincide with our scheme trip to Dudley Zoo.
With this wonderful resource on our doorstep we decided to all meet up on the 25th August 2016 for a spot of stream dipping, a picnic and a trip to the urban farm. All these activities were free of charge and this was an experience several of our parents haven’t accessed before – but they will do on their own now.
On 28th July we had our Scheme trip to the seaside. The weather was unusually kind and all families attending had a great day.
On Thursday 21st July our family Group had a leaving party for four of our children who are going to school or nursery in September and Jayne Timmins our Family Group worker who had her last day with us. Family group will re-open on Thursday 15th September when our two new family Group workers Kelly and Jane will start with us.
To celebrate Volunteers Month this year we took some of our wonderful Volunteers to the Botanical Gardens and treated them to a Cream Tea, as a small gesture of our thanks for all that they do to support our families.
On Friday 3rd June 2016 Home-Start Bartley Green and Quinton and Doddington Green Children’s Centre celebrated their 10th birthday’s with a very successful fun day. Families from across the areas enjoyed bouncy castles, donkey rides, balloon man, animal encounters, live jazz from the dudes of jazz, games, stalls and a pop up tea room.
Home-Start Bartley Green & Quinton have been able to purchase some corporate passes for our families and volunteers to use. Each card enables a family of five to get into the gardens for free. This beautiful attraction is on our door step and is a perfect venue for families. To book a pass a £10 deposit must be paid to the office, which is refunded when the pass is returned to us. Please book by calling the office on 01216754441.
On 24th March this year our family group families joined in an Easter Bonnet Competition and Parade. This was immense fun and we had some truly amazing entries, thank you everyone for taking part.
On Thursday 10th December lots of our families joined us for a Christmas Party. Following a music session that was run by Rhythm Time and some lovely party food, we were joined by Father Christmas. Every child received a Disney Tigger Toy that was donated to us by In Kind Direct, and every family was given a Christmas Hamper to take home courtesy of the The Dickens Foundation.
We were also able to take a photo of every child with Father Christmas that was sent as a card to each family before Christmas.