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


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

Home-Start at the Charity Walk for Peace 2018








Join us on Sunday 29 April in Windsor for the Charity Walk for Peace 2018. The walk will start at 9.00am (registration from 8.00am) from the Savill Court Hotel, Wick Lane, Windsor TW20 0XN and will be 5 miles long, taking you through the beautiful and historical Royal Windsor Great Park. Enjoying the wonderful natural landscape with lakes and wildlife, the walk promises to deliver one of the best scenic routes in the life of Charity Walk for Peace.

We already have a small group participating in this amazing walk, so get your walking shoes on and join in.

You can find full information on the walk and how to register here. Once you have registered, please contact Claire or call 020 8487 8500, so we can keep a central list of everybody participating and supporting us.

When registering for the walk, please name Home-Start Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow as the charity you are walking for and the money raised will be match funded…

“The Ahmadiyya community works tirelessly to promote Love for All, Hatred for None. They donate time, money and effort to helping ALL communities. Up to £2,000 could be match funded per charity taking part.”

Please transfer any money raised into our central Charity Walk for Peace campaign Virgin Money Account here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Free volunteer course in Kingston, April to June 2018

If you have some free time after Easter, 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 the Kingston Quaker Centre on Wednesdays, 9.30am – 2.30pm, from 25 April to 13 June (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

Richmond May Ball 2018


Hopefully you have already saved the date of Friday 11th May for this year’s Richmond May Ball. Exciting next step; you can now book your ticket(s)!

In its 25th year, the Richmond May Ball has to date raised over £1 million for more than 15 local charities and we’re thrilled to have been chosen as one of this year’s local charity partners.  This prestigious ball has always been a memorable and ‘must attend’ event in the Richmond social calendar and promises to be the same this year. For an inside peak at the ball, take a look at last year’s video. Tempted? There are two ways you can book:

  1. Online by using this link
  2. Send an email to the ball committee

Join us for a wonderful evening knowing all money raised will make a difference to the lives of Home-Start families across Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow.

We very much look forward to sharing this wonderful occasion with you.

For any further information, please contact Claire Leonard at Home-Start Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow: email here or call 020 8487 8500.

Volunteer Course Hounslow Feb-Mar 2018







If you have some free time after half-term, and you are a parent or grandparent, you could help other families with pre-school children. Local charity Home-Start is 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.

The course will run in Hounslow 9.30am-2.30pm, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 27 Feb to 21 March. 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 020 8487 8500

Candlelit Carol Service raises £10,000 for Home-Start Richmond

For the third year running, Home-Start Richmond is celebrating after one of its volunteers raised a record £10,000 from a candlelit Christmas Carol Service last week. Pat Macdonald-Brown, from Barnes, organised the event at St Mary’s Church on 2nd December and it was supported by about 300 local people, including the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr David Marlow, Zac Goldsmith MP, and several famous names from TV and theatre.

After the Reverend Richard Sewell had welcomed the congregation, there were readings from actors Patricia Hodge, Jan Ravens, Hilary Whitehall and Edward de Souza plus Zac Goldsmith. The Harrodian School Choir started off the singing with a beautiful solo of Once in Royal David’s City and Susan Kramer, who is the Patron of Home-Start Richmond, made an appeal for donations.

Organiser Pat said. ‘I know what a huge difference having a Home-Start volunteer can make to a parent who is trying to do their best to look after their children but needs extra support. All the money raised will go towards training more local volunteers to support those most at need.’

Martina Philips, Scheme Manager at Home-Start Richmond said, ‘Once again, Pat has done an amazing job in organising this wonderful event. We are so grateful to everyone who attended as we will now be able to use the money to support more families in the local area.’

15th Anniversary AGM

Over 50 volunteers and supporters helped Home-Start Richmond to celebrate 15 years of helping families in the borough. The CrossWay Centre in Twickenham welcomed volunteers and staff as well as funders, health workers, the Mayor Cllr David Marlow and supporters including June Demont, the founder of the local branch, to a short AGM followed by a lively Christmas lunch.

Guest speaker, Julie Broad from the Health Visiting Service, spoke about the essential role that Home-Start Richmond plays in supporting local families in difficulties, ‘Families really welcome support from Home-Start Richmond as it is coming from another parent who understands what they are going through, someone who chooses to visit, rather than from an official who is doing it as part of their job.’

 Mayor Cllr David Marlow awarded accreditation certificates to new volunteers as well as Alison Edwards and Jan Callow who have volunteered with the charity for over 5 years. Special mention was also made of Lyn Halstead and Neil Spurrier, Vice-Chair, who have both supported Home-Start Richmond since its beginning in 1995.

 Neil said ‘I was delighted to be asked to cut the 15th Anniversary cake on behalf of all the families, staff and trustees who have been involved with Home-Start Richmond in the last 15 years. We are a vital service in the Borough supporting 100 families at any given time with 30 families on the waiting list, asking for help.’

Royal Parks Half Marathon

Many thanks to Daragh Fagan (trustee Lisa Peacock’s husband) who ran the Royal Parks half-marathon on behalf of Home-Start.  

We are very grateful to Daragh who managed to finish in a fantastic time of 1hr38m18s as well as raising over £1500, of which half goes to Home-Start UK and half to us in Richmond. 

Well done Daragh!

15th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner

Local famous faces from TV helped to raise around £6800 on Monday 4th October to help children from Richmond borough to have a better start in life.

Julie Peasgood from Brookside and Emmerdale, John Altman from Eastenders and Gary Webster from Minder all supported us at our 15th Anniversary Dinner at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park.

The dinner was organised and hosted by Home-Start Richmond supporters Frances and Neil Spurrier from St Margaret’s, helped by their son Charlie who performed stand up comedy, son James who ran the disco and daughter Annabel who donated her professional make-up expertise to the Auction of Promises. The event was supported by Gregory Rowcliffe Milners Solicitors and Aston Rose, Chartered Surveyors and John Williams from Aston Rose acted as Auctioneer, selling off over £2300 worth of Promises on the night.

Frances said ‘We have been involved with Home-Start Richmond for a long time as Neil has been a trustee for over 10 years. We wanted to help out as we know that the charity provides such an essential service in the local area and we are worried about possible future funding cuts.’

Home-Start Richmond is the largest family charity in the borough, this year aiming to help around 200 families with young children under the age of five. The charity trains volunteers to visit local families who are experiencing difficulties such as severe post-natal depression, isolation, disability, family breakdown or a combination of these factors that can affect children’s welfare.

Manager Martina Philips said ‘We are absolutely delighted with the response to the 15th Anniversary Dinner. Everyone has been so generous, donating prizes for the raffle and auction and buying tickets. Thanks to Frances and Neil, we shall be using the money to train more volunteers so that we can help more local families who need us.’

Photo above shows (L to R) John Altman, Wendy Turner Webster, Gary Webster, Julie Peasgood, Angie Ahmed, Martina Philips)

Home-Start Richmond Carol Service raises £8000


We are celebrating after one of our volunteers raised £8000 from our Carol Service in December. Pat Macdonald-Brown, supported by Cathie Sacré, organised the event at St Mary’s Church Barnes on 3rd December. It was supported by about 400 local people, including the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Susan Kramer MP and several famous names from TV and theatre.

After the Reverend Paul Holland had welcomed the congregation, there were readings from actors Niamh Cusack, Patricia Hodge and Moray Watson and BAFTA Award winning composer Howard Goodall. The Colet Court Recital Choir started off the singing with a beautiful solo of Once in Royal David’s City and Susan Kramer MP, who is the charity’s Patron, made an appeal for donations to the charity.

Organiser Pat said. ‘I have been a volunteer with Home-Start Richmond for ten years and I know what a fantastic job they do in supporting families in our borough. I wanted to raise money to train more volunteers as there is a waiting list of parents who are experiencing complex difficulties. For many of them, having a Home-Start volunteer to help them could make all the difference to their lives.’

We are so grateful to Pat for all the hard work she put into selling tickets for the event and organising all the details. It really was a magical evening and we were delighted that so many people could attend.

Thank you to everyone who supported us.