Our Charity News

Welcome to our charity news blog. Below you will find our Bedfordshire charity’s news on volunteeringmaking donations & fundraising ideas as well as information on our domestic abuse and PND support services.


My Volunteer Experience
Gemma’s Story – My Volunteer Experience

May 31st, 2018 | volunteer-bedfordshire

Gemma tells us about her volunteer experience with Home-Start Central Bedfordshire: “I’m a single mother with two children. By the time the youngest started school, I had been looking forward to getting back to work. I knew that I didn’t want to go back into an admin job and had decided that I wanted to […]

Home-Start the best places to volunteer
Alison’s Story – ‘One of the best places to volunteer’

May 31st, 2018 | volunteer-bedfordshire

In my opinion, Home-Start is one of the best places to volunteer. Here’s my story. Having decided to retire from a long career in teaching, I began to worry. How would I fill all that time I’d never had before? Having defined myself by my job for nearly 40 years, who would I be now? […]

Volunteer To Make A Difference
Jane’s Story – Why I Volunteer To Make A Difference

May 31st, 2018 | volunteer-bedfordshire

There are many reasons why people volunteer to make a difference in their community. Here’s my story about how I came to support Home-Start. When my first child was born, I suffered from post-natal depression. I went to the doctors and was prescribed anti-depressants. Due to the stigma of taking them, I decided against it. […]

Volunteering To Help Disabled Children
Volunteering To Help Disabled Children & Parents

April 3rd, 2018 | volunteer-bedfordshire

As a leading voluntary organisation, Home-Start provides opportunities for volunteering to help disabled families with young children. Many of the families who come to us for support have disabled children or parents. Our Bedfordshire charity assists and empowers those affected by physical disabilities directly in their home. It is estimated that there are between 1,582 […]

supporting families in the foundation years
Supporting Families In The Foundation Years

March 22nd, 2018 | family

Do you believe that every family deserves support when they are struggling to cope? We do. Discover how we are supporting families in the foundation years in Central Bedfordshire and Luton. The foundation years are important for both children and their families. Our charity’s services supporting families in the foundation years are vital in providing […]

Skills Gained From Volunteering
Useful Skills Gained From Volunteering

March 12th, 2018 | volunteer-bedfordshire

Whether you are a parent wanting to get back to work, or a retired person wanting to give back to your community. The experience and skills gained from volunteering with charities can be invaluable. Discover how volunteering can provide the next step in your life. If you are considering volunteering, you are not the only […]

Volunteer Characteristics

December 22nd, 2017 | volunteer-bedfordshire

  What Volunteer Characteristics Do We Most Look For? The Most Desirable Volunteer Characteristics: Passion Enthusiasm Interested in personal growth Committed & Reliable Team players Positive role models Friendliness Maintaining confidentiality Our local family & children’s charity has been fortunate enough to have been training volunteers for more than 30 years. In our experience as […]

Effects Of Mental Illness
The Effects Of Mental Illness – Tara’s Story

December 6th, 2017 | postnatal-depression

Do you believe that every family deserves support with the effects of mental illness? We do. Discover how we help families with young children suffering from the effects of mental illness in Bedfordshire. Tara, a new mother, had a variety of mental health issues following the birth of her daughter Abigail. Her anxiety kept her […]

Impact Of Domestic Violence On Children
Impact Of Domestic Violence On Children – Sophie’s Story

November 30th, 2017 | domestic-abuse

Do you believe that every parent and child deserves a life free from domestic abuse? We do. The impact of domestic violence on children like Jack can be long lasting, affecting whole families. Discover how we help parents and their children in Central Bedfordshire. Sophie is a single parent with three children, one of whom […]