Our 2018 Christmas Cards are now available!

Our 2018 Christmas cards feature this stunning image by local artist Nadia Day and are now available to buy.

Cards, all in packs of 10 with 10 envelopes, cost £4 per pack or £10 for 3 packs and are available to buy by completing the form below and returning it to the office, together with a cheque for the required amount.

Alternatively you can purchase cards at our Carol Service on Tuesday 4th December at St Mary’s Church, Barnes.

You can purchase your ticket(s) for this year’s Carol Service online here or at Carter Jonas.

Thank you to Nadia for kindly allowing us to use this special image.

For further information contact Home-Start on 020 8487 8500 or info@homestart-rkh.org.uk

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Host a book swap party to support us!

Our A Book and a Brew campaign is back!

Join us throughout the Summer to help raise awareness across the Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow boroughs and host a Home-Start book swap party. It’s a fun and easy event to host, with three simple steps:

  1. Invite your friends for a brew (or some bubbles!)
  2. Ask them to bring 1 or 2 books to swap and, if they want to, give a small donation to us
  3. Raise awareness and funds of the charity

It’s a great way to de-clutter and revive your book shelves in advance of any Summer holiday you have planned.

If you’re interested in hosting a book swap party for Home-Start, please contact Claire Leonard by emailing here , or calling 020 8487 8500, and she will send you a party pack containing everything you need. Parties should take place between June and September, but feel free to host at another time that is convenient to you.

Free volunteer course in Kingston, April to June 2018

If you have some free time after Easter, and you are a parent or grandparent, you could help other families with pre-school children. We are offering a free course to train you to be a home-visiting volunteer, supporting families with difficulties such as post-natal illness, bereavement or disability.

Our next course will run at the Kingston Quaker Centre on Wednesdays, 9.30am – 2.30pm, from 25 April to 13 June (excluding half-term). It can be accredited to NVQ 1 or 2.

After the course, you would visit a family for 2-3 hours a week. For more information, please contact Angie Ahmed on 020 8487 8500 or email info@homestart-richmond.org.uk

Richmond May Ball 2018


Hopefully you have already saved the date of Friday 11th May for this year’s Richmond May Ball. Exciting next step; you can now book your ticket(s)!

In its 25th year, the Richmond May Ball has to date raised over £1 million for more than 15 local charities and we’re thrilled to have been chosen as one of this year’s local charity partners.  This prestigious ball has always been a memorable and ‘must attend’ event in the Richmond social calendar and promises to be the same this year. For an inside peak at the ball, take a look at last year’s video. Tempted? There are two ways you can book:

  1. Online by using this link
  2. Send an email to the ball committee

Join us for a wonderful evening knowing all money raised will make a difference to the lives of Home-Start families across Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow.

We very much look forward to sharing this wonderful occasion with you.

For any further information, please contact Claire Leonard at Home-Start Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow: email here or call 020 8487 8500.

Half Term Hygge for Home-Start

We’re so excited to share with you our new fun and easy social media campaign!

In time for next week, Half Term Hygge for Home-Start, is an activity that involves all of the family (or perhaps amongst the school holiday madness you’d welcome some alone time!).

So, what is hygge?
Hygge (pronounced hue-gae, we think!) is a Danish word used to acknowledge a feeling or a moment. It’s a celebration of mindfulness and togetherness!

Whether with family and friends or alone, at home or out, it’s all about being fully present in the everyday, igniting your senses and enjoying that moment e.g. making the morning coffee or breakfast, baking and craft time, reading a book, lighting a candle at dinner, or simply going for a walk.

How can I support the campaign and help raise awareness?

  1. Take a photo of your hygge moment (it doesn’t need to be picture perfect!).
  2. Share the photo on any of your social media accounts i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
  3. Use the hashtag #hyggeforHomeStartRKH and tag us in the photo.
  4. Tag a friend(s) and ask them to do the same.
  5. If you would like to, make a donation to us via Virgin Money Giving or Just Text Giving by texting HSRT17 to 70070.

The campaign starts this coming Monday (12 February) across our social media accounts, including our new Instagram account! Follow us on Instagram at homestart_rkh and like our Facebook page.

Thank you as always for your help and support. We can’t wait to see your photos…

Happy half term!

#MumsConnected Parties

Are you a mum under 25 and interested in learning about vlogging, online finances or working online? If so, join us at a fantastic new event series…

Home-Start is hosting a brand new initiative called #MumsConnected – interactive sessions featuring a live broadcast from #techmums guru Sue Black. You’ll hear from digital experts, female entrepreneurs and other mums.

The parties will be a chance to discover new skills and discuss topics like doing business and finding work online; vlogging and blogging; managing your finances online and keeping your kids safe on the internet.

Join us for our FREE #MumsConnected parties every Wednesday morning between 10.00 – 11.00:

Dates: 21st February,  28th February, 7th March, 14th March and 21st March.


Kingston United Reformed Church, Richard Mayo Centre Eden Street, Kingston, KT1 1HZ


Castlenau Community Centre, 7 Stillingfleet Road, Barnes, London SW13 9AQ

Either way, to book a place contact Jennie: jennie@homestart-richmond.org.uk, call 020 8487 8500 or click here to book your place now.

New Vacancy – Finance Administrator

Home-Start provides vital support to families with children under 5 years.

Over the last year we have extended our work across Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow. Last year we helped make a difference to the lives of over 400 families and 700 children.

We are recruiting for a Finance Administrator.

Finance Administrator part time up to 21 hours per week ideally 2-3 days.

Salary Level NJC 26-28, 21 hours, £15,147-£16,087 including outer London allowance.

(£25,246-£26,812 full time equivalent) plus contributory pension.

Working with a small passionate staff team for a vibrant local family support charity, you will play a key role in ensuring our finance and administration run smoothly and effectively.

We are looking for a well organised administrator with a good understanding of financial processes and procedures. You will be responsible for day to day financial administration and work with the Director and Treasurer to prepare budgets and annual accounts. You will provide administration support to the Board of Trustees, which meets 6 times per year on a Wednesday evening.

The role is based at our East Sheen office with occasional working from our Hounslow office. The hours are up to 21 hours per week, ideally working over three days.

It’s an exciting time to join our hardworking team and contribute to developing our work.

To apply, download an application form below, email info@homestart-richmond.org.uk or telephone 020 8487 8500. 

Application PACK Finance Administrator Jan 2018 – FINAL

Application Form Finance Administrator 2018

Equal Opportunities monitoring form

Closing date: Wednesday 31st January, noon

Interviews:     Week commencing 5th February

Volunteer Course Chessington Jan-Mar 2018







If you have some free time after the Christmas holidays, and you are a parent or grandparent, you could help other families with pre-school children in Kingston borough. Local charity Home-Start is offering a free course to train you to be a home-visiting volunteer, supporting families with difficulties such as post-natal illness, bereavement or disability.

The course will run in Chessington 9.30am-2.30pm, every Thursday for 7 weeks from 18th January to 8th March (not half-term). It can be accredited to NVQ 1 or 2.

We have a lovely venue: The King’s Centre, Coppard Gardens, Chessington KT9 2GZ which has easy parking and is  close to several bus stops. The K4 stops outside the centre  and the 71, 465 and 467 all stop at Bridge Road. Trains stop regularly at Chessington South and North and it  is just a 15 minutes’ walk from either station, with regular trains (every 30 minutes during the day) to and from  Waterloo.

After the course, you would visit a family for 2-3 hours a week. For more information, please contact Angie Ahmed on 020 8487 8500 info@homestart-richmond.org.uk .

Chessington Volunteer Recruitment Day 30 November






Are you a parent or grandparent? Would you like to help local families in Chessington, Tolworth, Surbiton or Kingston?

Come to our Volunteer Recruitment Day 30 November 10am-3pm

If you can spare 2-3 hours a week to help families with children under 5, Home-Start can train you to support those having a difficult time. Come and meet us on 30 November (10am-3pm) at our Volunteer Recruitment Day, at The King’s Centre, Coppard Gardens, Chessington KT9 2GZ, to learn more about becoming a volunteer.

The next free volunteer training course will run in Chessington from January to March 2018 (starting 18 January), over seven Thursdays, 9.30am-2.30pm (excluding half-term). Further training courses are planned for 2018 in the boroughs of Richmond, Kingston or Hounslow.

For more details on either the Volunteer Recruitment Day or the training courses, please contact Angie Ahmed: 020 8487 8500 info@homestart-richmond.org.uk

For more information about what’s involved in volunteering at Home-Start, click here.

Tickets are now available for our Christmas Carol Service in Barnes

Tickets are now available for our 10th popular fundraising Carol Service at St Mary’s Church, Barnes on Thursday 7th December. With a great line up of local celebrity readers including Vassos Alexander, Isla Blair, Rhidian Brook, Julian Glover, Alan Price and Daisy Waugh, this event always sells out! Doors open at 7.00pm.


Kindly sponsored by Marsh & Parsons.

Click here
to purchase your tickets online priced at £25 each (plus booking fee).

Alternatively you can purchase tickets from Marsh & Parsons on Church Road, Barnes or by sending an SAE and a cheque, payable to ‘Home-Start Richmond upon Thames’, to Claire Leonard, Home-Start Richmond, 211 Parkway House, Sheen Lane, East Sheen, SW14 8LS. For further information, contact 020 8487 8500 or info@homestart-richmond.org.uk.  

All money raised will go towards supporting local children and families experiencing difficulties in the London Boroughs of Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow.