Since 1999 we have grown up fast … we started with 9 families and 9 volunteers. Last year, we supported 211 families & 424 children with 117 volunteers from our centre in Rossmore Road, NW1. From November 1st 2014 we extended our support to the neighboring borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This move has enabled us to support even more families across the tri borough area.
Home-Start Westminster is a member of the Home-Start London consortium, which is made up of 13 Home-Start schemes reaching as far as Barnet in the north to Sutton in the south and Redbridge in the east to Hillingdon in the west. Together the consortium members create a larger footprint than they would individually to have a greater impact across London. For more information please visit their website.
The challenges during our growing up have been enormous. We knew we were working in a ‘mixed’ area with some of the richest and poorest wards in the country, and with over 54 nationalities. Chronic over-crowding in Westminster is amongst the worst in the UK. This leads to considerable pressure on all members of the family (with some children only having a cardboard box in which to keep their treasures and know as their private space.)
We could not have met these challenges without the wonderful support from so many sources. These are just a few:
Our volunteers, who continue to amaze us with their commitment, love and sheer willpower to make a difference.
Our trustees, who have helped to shape us into a real centre of excellence in delivering our service.
Our major funders without whom we simply would not be here, Big Lottery Fund, The John Armitage Charitable Trust, John Lyon’s Charity, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea & many more.
And our families: this is a two way partnership between HSW and our families, the rewards for both can be unexpected, sometimes there is a difficult path to tread that take us all out of our comfort zone … but the end results, as told by our families, can be magical and long term. Over the last 16 years we have made a little go a long way.
Thank you to all our friends & families
Christa, Emily, Miriam, Karima, Thienhuong, Kathleen, Indu and Lucy