Pre-order your 2018 Christmas Cards!

Our 2018 Christmas cards feature this stunning image by local artist Nadia Day and will be available to buy from early November. Pre-order yours now…

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, or from early November, at Carter Jonas (the sponsor of our Carol Service), 70 White Hart Lane, SW13 0PZ.

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

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Tickets are now available for our Carol Service in Barnes

Tickets are now on sale for our 11th popular fundraising Carol Service at St Mary’s Church, Barnes, on Tuesday 4th December.

There will be a great line up of local celebrity readers and a special performance by King’s House Boys’ Choir.

This event always sells out so you are advised to book early.

Click here to purchase your tickets online priced at £25 each (students £10 each and free entry for under 15’s).

Alternatively, from early November, you can purchase tickets from Carter Jonas (70 White Hart Lane, SW13 0PZ) or by sending a SAE and a cheque, payable to ‘Home-Start Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow’, to Claire Leonard at Home-Start Richmond Kingston & Hounslow, 211 Parkway House, Sheen Lane, East Sheen, SW14 8LS.

For further information, contact Home-Start on 020 8487 8500 or

Doors open at 7.00pm.

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

Parenting Talk: Future Proof Your Child – Tickets now available

We are delighted that Dr Kathryn Weston has agreed to deliver another parenting talk for us, this time on the subject of Future Proof Your Child: A parent’s guide to helping your child develop the skills they need to succeed in today’s world.

The talk will take place at Surbiton High School (6th Form Centre) on Thursday 15 November 2018 from 19.30.

Full details and tickets, priced £10 (plus booking fee), are now available to buy online.

For further details contact Claire Leonard on 020 8487 8500.

Free volunteer course in East Sheen, September to November 2018


If you have some free time after the Summer, 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 our office in East Sheen on Tuesdays, 9.30am – 2.30pm, from 18 September to 13 November (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

Vacancy – Treasurer





Home-Start Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow supports families with young children by recruiting and training volunteers to provide practical help and emotional support for families in their homes.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees for a successful voluntary organisation and make a real difference to the lives of families and children. It offers the chance to participate in the local community in a meaningful and rewarding way for personal and career development.

We enjoy the services of a vibrant and committed Board of Trustees with wide-ranging skill sets. Our current Treasurer is retiring after 10 years and we wish to find someone to help with overseeing budgets and accounts.

The commitment is attendance at board meetings which take place every six weeks at Parkway House, East Sheen, in the evening. Our local network is very important to us and in order to play a full and rewarding part in Home-Start Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow trustee presence at local events and fundraising initiatives is expected. This is not onerous however and is at the trustee’s own discretion.

In addition, trustees typically support the staff on an ad hoc basis, within their own particular area of expertise.

The trustee role is an unpaid one but we can meet reasonable expenses associated with attending Board meetings or other events.

If you think that you have relevant skills and would relish the chance to be part of a successful and dynamic local enterprise, please apply for an information pack in the first instance to:

Louise Kerr, Chair of Trustees, Home-Start Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow at


The overall role of a treasurer is to maintain an overview of the organisation’s financial affairs, ensuring its viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. The role requirements are summarised below.

General financial oversight

  • To oversee and present budgets, accounts and financial statements.
  • To liaise with designated staff about financial matters.
  • To ensure that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place.
  • To ensure compliance with relevant legislation e.g. Companies and Charity legislation.
  • To ensure any recommendations of the auditors are implemented.
  • To ensure accounts meet the conditions of contractual agreements with external agencies such as funders and statutory bodies.

Financial planning and reporting

  • To present financial reports to the committee.
  • To make a presentation of the accounts at the annual general meeting (AGM).
  • To advise on the organisation’s reserves policy and investment policy.
  • To advise on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic and operational plans.
  • To advise on the fundraising strategy of the organisation.
  • To ensure that there is no conflict between any investment held and the aims and objects of the charity.

Benefits to volunteer:

  • Put your skills and experience to use and make a lasting difference to local vulnerable children and families
  • Learn about the management and strategy side of charities by taking on a leadership role
  • Work with new and interesting people from diverse backgrounds
  • Enhance your CV and maybe open doors to new career paths