June 2021 update
The last month has been a hive of activity at FSW and we can’t believe it’s June already! With our staff and our families getting used to being able to meet again, we have been able to provide face-to-face support in our families’ homes for the first time in almost a year. This has been invaluable, particularly for complex cases where a phone call or Skype chat can’t provide all the necessary support.
It has also been a joy to welcome our new family support practitioners. Gill joined us in May to cover Rye deanery, and at the beginning of June we welcomed Sara (Storrington), Kirsty (Midhurst and Petworth) and Nidhi (Battle, Bexhill and Sidley). Our practitioner team now comprises 15 members of staff and covers 80% of Sussex. We are delighted to be operating in some totally new areas as well as being back in areas where we have not had a presence for some time. If you live local to any of our new staff, please do give them a warm welcome if you see them around.
We have also been very happy to organise events for our families. Families from Bognor, Crawley, Rustington and Worthing attended a fun day at Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation last week which enabled them to meet together, get active and enjoy the glorious sunshine.
Our events calendar continues to be very busy with Open Garden dates in East Sussex, as well as the South of England Show from 11-13 June, where we will be running a stand to encourage people to learn more about our work. If you are planning on attending the Show then we’d love to see you at stand B3. We are also welcoming registrations for our Amberley-Arundel sponsored walk on Thursday 12 August. Registration and sponsorship forms can be obtained by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the office on 01273 832963 – or via the website→
Finally, our food bank stocks are still running low and we would welcome donations of any non-perishable goods with the exception of dried pasta and tinned tomatoes. If you are able to organise a local collection then we can arrange for our van to come and collect from you – please contact Spencer in the office on 01273 832963.
Thank you for your continued practical support and your prayers as our work grows even more vital.
May’s work in numbers
- 297 individual visits and 235 support calls with families supporting 37 grandparents, 359 parents and 346 children
- 24 supported meetings with other agencies carried out remotely
- 24 online group sessions held
- 371 food deliveries made
- Pray that our new practitioners will settle quickly into their new roles
- Give thanks for the recent opportunities we have had to speak to new organisations about our work
- Pray for our volunteers who are providing such vital support to our fundraising and family events
Nikki Kerr, FSW Director of Fundraising and Marketing
And something for you – A list of Open gardens is on our website https://www.waldronchurches.org.uk/ where you will find FSW providing refreshments – home made cakes, tea and coffee to be enjoyed in beautiful surroundings.
Bring on the sunshine! Thank you for supporting us, For further information Sarah 01435 866419, Carollyn 01435 866750 and Christo 01435 812654
Sarah and Carollyn