Christa's Blog Archive

Guest blog by Thienhuong Nguyen

In 1999, with a team of 1, Christa Scholtz took on the role of manager and coordinator of Home-Start Westminster and has since made it grow with her vision, wisdom, creativity and ingenuity.

Home-Start Westminster has flourished under Christa’s leadership, as have the children and [...]

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Guest blog by Isabell Munzing
Being a social work student at Home-Start Westminster
I completed my first social work placement with Home-Start Westminster. Although before starting my placement, I had wondered what it would be like working in the voluntary sector as a social work student, it had truly been a marvellous experience.
First of all I was [...]

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Guest Blog – by Anne Heath:

January 2015 has heralded an awareness of something that we all knew was happening in the world but thought of it as happening somewhere else. Yes we have been moved by the plight of families in Syria, concerned by the number of journalists who are trying to do their job but are being thrown in [...]

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“There is no them. There are only facets of us.” ― John Green

As we come to the end of an exciting year where we were joined by two new members of staff and one of our senior co coordinators went on maternity leave and had a lovely baby girl. Anne Heath received an award for being a volunteer with us for 10 years and we can [...]

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As we come to the end of an exciting year where we were joined by two new members of staff and one of our senior co coordinators went on maternity leave and had a lovely baby girl. Anne Heath received an award for being a volunteer with us for 10 years and we can celebrate [...]

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“There is no them. There are only facets of us.”

As we come to the end of an exciting year where we were joined by two new members of staff and one of our senior co coordinators went on maternity leave and had a lovely baby girl. Anne Heath received an award for being a volunteer with us for 10 years and we can celebrate [...]

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I am a Bedoon.

My Journey
In my country we are called the ‘have nots’ and there are good reasons for that. I did not have the right to go to school, to
get a marriage license, to use the regular health service, to have a passport or to work.
And this is in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. [...]

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I am a Bedoon. (Guest Blog from one of our families)

In my country we are called the ‘have nots’ and there are good reasons for that. I did not have the right to go to school, to get a marriage license, to use the regular health service, to have a passport or to work. And this is in one of the wealthiest countries in the [...]

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Guest Blog: Anne Heath

January  2013
As we look forward to the New Year – and we have much to look forward to as well as apprehension about how current government policies are going to impact on our families – I thought I would share with you something from the past.
In the Autumn I was in Japan and one afternoon [...]

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Home is where we start from

D.W. Winnicott, the eminent psychiatrist, said that Home is where we start from, so how clever of our founder to call the service Home-Start. In dreams homes often represent the essence of the self.   At the moment the uncertainty for so many of the families we work with is about their home. Families, who under [...]

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Reflections from 2011 to 2012

As we come to the end of another year and
I reflect on our work, I am so moved by the
experiences we are so privileged to share
with many many people. First and foremost
the families, who allow us into their homes.
They share their lives, memories, longings and
aspirations so generously. The volunteers, who
bring their wonderful qualities in the [...]

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Guest Blog – Anne Heath – volunteer & vice chair

” I don’t want to knock Comic Relief – in fact I still have my certificate supporting the very first one and have continued ever since. But £80million+……
I don’t want to compare levels of deprivation. You can’t, but I do know that Church Street and Queens Park where we work here in Westminster have amongst [...]

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When People Start Thinking About Philanthropy-It Can Change Communities

In the book “Owning your Shadow” by Robert A. Johnson he tells one of Jung’s favorite stories which goes something like this. The water of life bubbled up and made itself known at an artesian well and flowed without effort or limit. People came and drank and were nourished since it was pure and clear [...]

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From Hope to Joy

The story of Eros and Psyche is one of my favourite stories and considered as a road map for psychological development. Love – Eros falls in love with Psyche – Soul and once Psyche has travelled through the under world and overcome many many challenges they are reunited and once married they have a baby [...]

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Home is where the heart is.

Why do we have to have such big houses? Home really is where the heart is as in dreams; houses will often represent the core of your being. It is often used as metaphors when families feed back to us and I don’t think that is by accident. Recently a young mother was encouraged by [...]

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It is not what you do, but the way that you do it!!!!

What is it that we do? This is a question that comes up all the time and I reflect on in an obsessive way. What we do is so subtle, that it is not easy to capture with the crude evaluation systems available. People are not tick box ready and neither is what we do. [...]

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November 9th, 2009

There is something called the Matthew Affect (Stanovitch 1986) “Unto everyone that hath shall be given and he shall have abundance, but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath” At this moment in time, by which I mean the credit crunch and the affect that it is having on the families we support, volunteers, our own lives, colleagues in other services, friends and family, it came to mind.

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