FSW September 2021 update
The new school year has just begun and we can look back on a lovely summer of activities supporting our families as well as many events where we were able to catch up with supporters. Over the school holidays our practitioners were able to organise a huge range of trips and outings for their families, including some visits to the Mothers’ Union caravan in Selsey, cinema outings, beach and picnic days and trips to Drusilla’s. Although we weren’t able to hold our annual teddy bear’s picnic at Warnham Park it was still fantastic to see families out and about, enjoying fresh air and the chance to try new things after so long spent in lockdown.
We were also delighted to welcome 50 walkers to our sponsored Amberley-Arundel Walk last month. It was a perfect day for walking and catching up with old friends. At the time of writing, just over £3000 has been raised through sponsorship and we are hoping that this total will reach £5,000 in the coming weeks. Thank you to everybody who took part or sponsored somebody else – these funds are vital to ensuring the continuation of all of our services across Sussex.
Now that things have more or less returned to normal, we are putting the final touches to the planning of a residential weekend at Dalesdown – our first for two years – which is happening this coming weekend. It is so exciting to be able to spend quality time with families and allow them to focus on their own wellbeing and family relationships without their usual worries when they are at home.
We know that many churches will be planning Harvest Festival collections in the coming weeks. Our foodbank stocks are still very low, and we would be very grateful if you could consider organising a collection for us (tinned fruit, tinned vegetables, soup and tea are particularly welcome). If you would like a member of FSW staff to speak at a service then do get in touch with the office and we would be delighted to join you if we can – contact Spencer by email email@example.com
Thank you again for your continued support of our work through prayer, donations and practical help.
August’s work in numbers
- 217 individual visits and 207 support calls with families supporting 36 grandparents, 248 parents and 376 children
- 15 supported meetings with other agencies carried out remotely
- 65 face-to-face group sessions held
- 159 food deliveries made, plus over 150 meals provided at family sessions
- Pray for all those staff leading the Dalesdown residential this weekend, and for all the families who will be attending, that they will have a relaxing and stress-free weekend
- Pray for those children within our families who have just started at new schools, that they will settle in easily
- Give thanks for all of our volunteers who have been so busy helping our practitioners over the summer with family activity days, one-to-one support and assisting with fundraising events
Nikki Kerr, FSW Director of Fundraising and Marketing