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Oxfordshire Home-Starts win Brand the Bus competition

Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire, together with Home-Start Oxford and Home-Start Banbury, Bicester & Chipping Norton, have won the Oxford Bus Company’s ‘Brand the Bus’ competition!

The three charities have been invited to work with the Oxford Bus Company to design a bus wrap featuring the Home-Start logo, illustrations and key messages! A Home-Start branded bus will help us spread the word about Home-Start across Oxfordshire and to recruit more volunteers so we can be there for parents when they need us most.

The competition was tough and we were selected by a judging panel from a top ten group of good causes, which had earned the most public votes from 32 original entries.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us, we wouldn’t have won without your support! Watch this space for the unveiling of the Home-Start bus soon!   #BecauseChildhoodCantWait


TSB Bank raises hundreds for Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire

TSB bank in Abingdon has raised more than £670 for Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire!

Over the last year, staff at the bank branch have held a variety of fundraising events such as raffles during Easter and Christmas and have raised £675.10 in total.

Debbie from TSB bank in Abingdon presented Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire trustees, Doreen McNulty and Gill Bodey, with a cheque for the donation which will help the charity support families with young children who are struggling.

Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire would like to thank all the staff and customers at TSB bank in Abingdon for all their support over the last few years!

If you work for company that you think would like to fundraise for and support Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire this year, please get in touch with us as we’d love for you to get involved!


Board of Trustees nominated for award

Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire’s Board of Trustees was nominated for the John Eldridge Award for Voluntary Service at the Didcot Town Council Awards 2019!

Although we didn’t win the category, it was a great evening celebrating all the people and organisations that go that extra mile for the community. Many of our Trustees have been with the Scheme for a considerable number of years and their dedication and commitment has ensured the charity has remained viable for 30 years!

Congratulations to all the winners at the Didcot Town Council Awards 2019 and a big thank you to our amazing Board of Trustees!


M&Co Fashion Show raises over £380

M&Co in Didcot rolled out the red carpet to host a Charity Fashion Show in aid of Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire!

Models took to the runway in-store to showcase the latest trends and this season’s must-haves, including one of our very own volunteers! All the proceeds from the ticket sales and raffle tickets were donated to our charity and in total an amazing £382 was raised!

Thank you to M&Co and to all who came!


Play2Give donates toys to Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire

The incredible fundraising organisation, Play2Give, has donated a crateful of toys to Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire!

Play2Give is an award-winning organisation which supports and raises funds and awareness for a catalogue of Oxfordshire charities. We are so grateful to have the support and we know the toys will all find good homes soon!


Starbucks kick-start 30th anniversary celebrations

Starbucks, at Didcot’s Orchard Centre, helped kick-start Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire’s 30th anniversary celebrations this year with lots of cake, coffee and treats!

The first 30 customers also received a free Starbucks reusable cup! We’re still lucky to be its Charity of the Year, so watch this space for more fundraising (and coffee!) throughout the year!


Waitrose donates to Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire

Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire won the Community Matters fundraising scheme vote in Waitrose, Faringdon, and received a £270 donation!

Thank you to everyone who voted for our charity and to Waitrose for this generous donation which will be used to help us continue to support local families in need.

Gill Jones, our Family Support and Forces Liaison Worker, went to collect the cheque and thank the Waitrose team for its donation on behalf of all at Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire.

Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire receives Waitrose donation


Could you become a volunteer?

We are currently recruiting new volunteers for our preparation course starting this Spring!

If you’re a parent or grandparent with two to three hours to spare per week to visit a family and are interested in finding out more about volunteering for Home-Start, please call the office on (01235) 511152 or email admin@homestartso.org.


Big thank you to Berro Lounge!

Didcot’s Berro Lounge raised an amazing £1199.50 for Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire to help us continue supporting local families!

They supported us by donating 50p from each burger and 10p from each coffee sold during their first month of trading in the Orchard Centre.

Senior Organiser at Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire, Rhiannon McCobb, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Berro Lounge for helping us to raise much-needed funds. We really appreciate your support and wish Berro Lounge every success.”

Visit the Berro Lounge website.


A warm welcome to our new starters

We have recently grown in number and now have three new people who have joined our team.

Gill Rose has taken on our Administrator role. Gill had previously worked for a Home-Start scheme in Hertfordshire before relocating to Didcot – so we made sure we snapped her up!

Lydia Davison is our new Organiser. Lydia has previously worked as a Home School Link worker in a primary school and has lots of experience of working with families.

Faye Golding-King is our new Marketing and Funding Coordinator. Faye has previously worked for a national breast cancer charity and joins us with lots of marketing experience.


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