Home Start celebrates 30 years of help

June 22 2017

Home Start Bristol threw a fantastic birthday party in May as part of the charity’s celebrations to mark its 30th anniversary in 2017.

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Home Start Bristol threw a fantastic birthday party in May as part of the charity’s celebrations to mark its 30th anniversary in 2017. 

Luckily, rain didn’t stop play as around 150 parents, children, and volunteers from Redland, Bishopston and all over Bristol attended the party indoors at the Greenway Centre in Southmead. A huge bouncy castle was the focus, but children also enjoyed the craft tables, Hawaiian skirt-making, lego-construction, face-painting and the fabulous puppet show by Mr Brown’s Pig. And, not forgetting a life-size Minion shaking hands and posing for photos all afternoon.

 Special guest on the day, and tasked with cutting the cake, was Mrs Sheila Fielden, one of Home Start Bristol’s first volunteers, when the scheme started 30 years ago. Since then, it’s become a true family affair, with Sheila’s daughter, Alex, now working for the charity as a Co-ordinator. 

Beverley Symonds, Scheme Manager said: “We wanted to do something wonderful for our families to mark Home Start Bristol’s 30th birthday, and there’s nothing more special than seeing volunteers and families, past and present, coming together for one big celebration.” 

Home-Start Bristol trains volunteers to support struggling families in Bristol and South Gloucestershire while children are still small, making regular home visits. All volunteers are parents – they are the people who really understand how challenging it can be to give children the best possible start in life. The next volunteer preparation course starts on Tuesday 19 September. For more information about becoming a Home Start Bristol volunteer, call 0117 950 1170 or www.homestartbristol.org.uk