Home-Start Hampshire seeks Chief Executive

  • Salary: £45,000 + expenses
  • Working in Hampshire, location to be confirmed
  • Full time
  • Pension scheme

Home-Start Hampshire is seeking an inspiring and dynamic individual to lead us through a time of change as we consolidate our services across eight geographical areas of the County. This position offers a unique opportunity for the right candidate to shape and develop future services for some of our most vulnerable parents and children.

You will provide vision and strong leadership to Home-Start Hampshire, enabling us to grow further and build our reputation for excellent, value for money, highly effective early intervention work with families.

The Chief Executive will be responsible for strategic, financial and operational leadership and overall day to day management through the senior staff team.  You will have a track record for income generation, of developing partnerships with key funders, and an ability to develop creative sustainable funding streams.

This is an exciting and critical time to be joining Home-Start Hampshire as we develop the charity to be fit for the future; we are passionate about parenting support, safeguarding children, engaging community volunteers, and delivering high quality services to those most in need.

Closing date: Monday 8th January 2018, 12 noon

Preliminary interviews: Week commencing 15th January 2018

Final panel interviews: 30th or 31st January 2018

For further information please visit:  Guardian jobs  Third Sector  or Charity Job
Home-Start Hampshire adheres to safe recruitment policy and practice as an important part of safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults.  This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Home-Start Hampshire is committed to The 2010 Equality Act and 1998 Human Rights Act, A commitment to equal opportunities and the fundamental rights of individuals is at the heart of our work.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
twitter
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Home-Start Hampshire seeks Chief Executive

How do children around the world feel about their lives?

Eight-year-olds in England are less happy than those in Estonia, Poland and Turkey, a survey suggests, with body image and school identified as areas they are particularly troubled by.  The findings can be found in the full report Children’s views on their lives and well-being in 16 countries: A report on the Children’s Worlds survey of children aged eight years old, 2013-15

This major international study, which involved researchers from the University of York, has provided a fresh perspective on how children around the world feel about their lives.  The Children’s Worlds study, co-ordinated in England by the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at York, asked children about all key aspects of their lives including their family and home life, friendships, money and possessions, school life, local area, time use, personal well-being, views on children’s rights, and their overall happiness.

Most children aged eight in all 16 countries were happy with their lives as a whole but a minority (around 6 per cent of children) had low well-being.  The percentage with low well-being varied from below 3 per cent in Colombia and Romania to over 9 per cent in Ethiopia, South Korea and England.

England ranks no higher than eighth out of 16 countries for any of the survey’s happiness measures.  However, the report identifies, in relative terms, the most positive and negative aspects of life within each country.  The three aspects with the most positive relative scores in England were happiness with people lived with (i.e. usually family), health and safety.

Simon Sommer, Head of Research at the Jacobs Foundation which funded the work, said:

“This project is groundbreaking. This report presents, for the first time, 8-year-old children’s own perspectives on their lives and well-being. The Jacobs Foundation continues to support “Children’s Worlds”, because we are convinced that it will deliver unique information valuable for everyone who is interested in understanding and improving the lives of children and youth.”

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
twitter
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How do children around the world feel about their lives?

Have your say on Hampshire County Council’s proposal for developing a new Family Support Service

Hampshire County Council is asking for the views of service users, other stakeholders and members of the public, on a proposed new Family Support Service for families with children aged 0–19 years (or up to age 25 for young adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities).  This would involve the development of a single service which would bring together the work of children’s centres, Early Help Hubs (including Youth Support Services) and align with the Supporting Troubled Families Programme to provide a joined-up, whole-family service to those who have high levels of need but do not meet the threshold for statutory social care.

How to have your say

The Family Support Service consultation document  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 336 kB contains more details on the proposals.  You can have your say on these proposals by clicking here or alternatively, to obtain a paper copy of the questionnaire by post, contact Hampshire County Council on 0300 555 1384 or email info@hants.gov.uk

The consultation will close at midday on 3 May 2016.

The Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Keith Mans, will consider the feedback from this consultation when making a decision about whether or not to go ahead with the proposal at his Decision Day on Friday 1 July 2016.

Drop-in events

Hampshire County Council will also be hosting a number of awareness raising events for parents, carers and other stakeholders, where Children’s Services staff will be on hand to answer questions and queries. There is one event in each of Hampshire’s 11 districts as follows.

Winchester: 14 March, 2.30–4.30pm, Hope Church, Middle Brook Centre

Gosport: 15 March, 9.30–11.30am, Gosport Community Association

Eastleigh: 17 March, 4.30–6.30pm, Wells Centre

New Forest: 22 March, 9.30–11.30am, Lyndhurst Community Centre

Hart: 24 March, 1–3pm, Harlington Centre

Rushmoor: 24 March, 4.30–6.30pm, Samuel Cody Sports College

Test Valley: 13 April, 9.30–11.30 am, The Lights

Fareham: 14 April, 1–3pm, Fareham Community Church

Basingstoke: 19 April, 1–3pm, Popley Fields Community Centre

East Hants: 20 April, 9.30–11.30am, Alton Community Centre

Havant: 21 April, 1–3pm, Waterlooville Community Centre

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
twitter
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have your say on Hampshire County Council’s proposal for developing a new Family Support Service

My Baby, Psychosis and Me

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
twitter
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on My Baby, Psychosis and Me

Duchess of Cambridge releases video urging emotional support for children

The Duchess of Cambridge has released a video talking about the importance of helping children to cope with difficult times. She is the patron of children’s mental health charity a Place2Be.

 
The National Association of Head Teachers says with a fifth of children having a mental health problem before age 11, it is a key concern. Russell Hobby, general secretary of the heads’ union, NAHT, says: “We know the government is determined to improve children’s mental health but there’s still a danger that some children will take untreated mental problems into adulthood.”

The chief executive of the mental health charity Place2Be, Catherine Roche, said children faced all sorts of challenges, such as coping with parental separation, the illness or death of a loved one, and dealing with substance abuse and domestic violence.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
twitter
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Duchess of Cambridge releases video urging emotional support for children

Volunteers are the essence of Home-Start

Without volunteers Home-Start could not support local families in Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight who need help.  Most of our volunteers visit families in their own homes, but we also need volunteers who are interested in becoming trustees, ambassadors and fundraisers.

If you have some spare time and would like to be involved in a local charity that believes children should have a good start in life, then maybe Home-Start is the right charity for you – we support families with young children in your community.

If you have the skills, interests or experience we are looking for, please contact us at info@home-starthampshire.org.uk.  We would love to hear from you if you tick any of questions below and are interested in joining Home-Start:

  • do you have a passion for children’s welfare and supporting parents/carers to give their children the best start in life?
  • do you have a business background, e.g. leadership, marketing, strategic planning, finance, change management?
  • do you have experience of fundraising, e.g. events, bid writing, donor fundraising/individual giving?
  • do you have a social care background, e.g. health or social services?
  • do you have parenting experience, e.g. being a parent, foster carer, 24 hour care of children?
  • have you been a trustee of a charity or a school governor?
  • do you have experience of child development?
  • do you have experience of delivering financial inclusion programmes, e.g. helping parents/carers to manage money, budget, use financial services, etc.?
  • have you worked in mental health services?

If you answer yes to any of the above, we would like to hear from you.

 

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
twitter
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Volunteers are the essence of Home-Start

National libraries day – Saturday 6th February

Libraries in the UK are loved, valued and were visited an astonishing 265 million times last year, but for some families visiting the local library is not easy for a variety of reasons.  Imagine you have 6 month old twins, a 2 year old and a 4 year old – you know the value of visiting the library, choosing books and reading with your children, but you have no transport, and the thought of taking all four children to the library on your own is daunting.  What if the twins are tired and grumpy, or the 2 year old needs the toilet and the 4 year old doesn’t want to leave the library to go to the toilet – it’s such an effort on your own.  This is where Home-Start volunteers are invaluable; they accompany and help families to access so many community resources and services such as libraries, children’s centres, parks, dentists, health services, etc.  Our aim is to help families widen their network of support, so they can give their children opportunities to develop emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically.

Home-Start also supportBookstart, a Booktrust programme that gifts free books to all children at two key ages before school to help families read together every day and inspire children with a rewarding love of books.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
twitter
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on National libraries day – Saturday 6th February

Government life chances strategy includes parenting support

The Prime Minister gave a speech on 11 January 2016 on life chances for children and fighting poverty both economically and socially. Four main topics from the speech focused on:

  • supporting families through relationship support, the Troubled Families programme and increased parenting provision;
  • education, sport and the National Citizen Service;
  • mentoring and opportunities for young people; and
  • treatment and support for adults with mental health problems.

The Prime Minister insisted that strengthening families is the best way to fight poverty and give children the best chances in life.

Within the family and early years section was the introduction of the Life Chances Strategy. Although the detailed strategy will not be published until the Spring, the Prime Minister briefly described the goal behind the strategy. It will include a plan to considerably develop parenting provision by introducing a voucher scheme for parenting classes and incentives that will motivate parents to sign up to them.

To read the full speech, go to Prime Minister’s speech on life chances.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
twitter
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Government life chances strategy includes parenting support

National storytelling week – 30th January to 6th February 2016

Everyone loves listening to a good story and Home-Start volunteers enjoy telling stories to the children and parents they are supporting across Hampshire every day of the week.  Home-Start promotes the enjoyment of books and reading together, story telling, and learning through communication and play.  Our volunteers will be contributing to National Storytelling Week, an annual event which has been organised by the Society for Storytelling for the past 16 years.

Established in 1993, the charity aims to support and promote the most ancient art of oral storytelling.  The Society is open to anyone with an interest in storytelling, it brings together tellers and listeners, professionals and enthusiasts, to celebrate the power of the spoken story as a traditional craft, as a modern form of entertainment and as a powerful educational and therapeutic tool.  To find out more about the Society go to their website at www.sfs.org.uk

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
twitter
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on National storytelling week – 30th January to 6th February 2016

Minds Matter in Gosport & Fareham

Parents with mental health difficulties in the Gosport and Fareham areas could receive support from a new project being delivered by Home-Start.  The 3 year project funded by Big Lottery Reaching Communities grant will provide one-to-one personalised support to parents with young children who need support to access mental health services.  Seventy five volunteers will receive specialised training provided by Home-Start in parnership with Solent Mind – the two organisations will work closely together so that parents get the support they need to manage and improve their mental well being.

Home-Start Gosport & Fareham, based in Salterns Lane, Fareham developed the project by assessing local need, consulting partners and beneficiaries, and carrying out an evaluation of its services which found that 90% of families supported experienced mental health issues.  The research found that parents with young children experienced multiple barriers to accessing services, e.g. physical barriers such as transport, childcare problems, availability of appointment times; and also emotional barriers associated with mental health, e.g. lack of confidence, low mood, and anxiety.

Louise Wheeldon, Senior Co-ordinator of the charity is delighted that they will now be able to support more families needing this specialised one-to-one support.  She said, “It also means referrals can be made for more people and there won’t be a delay being referred and getting our help like there was in the past.”

From left, Gemma Maidment, Kerry Hookway, Christine Roach, Amanda Goddard, Clare Storey, Carol Dyer, Jenny Paterson, Debbie Freemantle and Louise Wheeldon, staff and volunteers at Home-Start Fareham and Gosport
Picture: Allan Hutchings (151551-477)

From left, Gemma Maidment, Kerry Hookway, Christine Roach, Amanda Goddard, Clare Storey, Carol Dyer, Jenny Paterson, Debbie Freemantle and Louise Wheeldon, staff and volunteers at Home-Start Fareham and Gosport Picture: Allan Hutchings (151551-477) Portsmouth News

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
twitter
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Minds Matter in Gosport & Fareham