Host a book swap party to support us!

Our A Book and a Brew campaign is back!

Join us throughout the Summer to help raise awareness across the Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow boroughs and host a Home-Start book swap party. It’s a fun and easy event to host, with three simple steps:

  1. Invite your friends for a brew (or some bubbles!)
  2. Ask them to bring 1 or 2 books to swap and, if they want to, give a small donation to us
  3. Raise awareness and funds of the charity

It’s a great way to de-clutter and revive your book shelves in advance of any Summer holiday you have planned.

If you’re interested in hosting a book swap party for Home-Start, please contact Claire Leonard by emailing here , or calling 020 8487 8500, and she will send you a party pack containing everything you need. Parties should take place between June and September, but feel free to host at another time that is convenient to you.

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 info@homestart-rkh.org.uk

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 recruitment@homestart-rkh.org.uk

Skills:

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