Author: Sarah Stapleton

We had a great day yesterday with Harold from Elite Force Safety completing our Mental Health First Aid training. For some this was a refresher to build on existing knowledge and for some this was new ground but we all learned a lot and feel more confident in our roles moving forward. This is vital […]
It’s been a busy time for us here at Family First. We’ve done lots of networking including attending: The Connect ConferenceĀ  – a chance for staff from statutory services and clinicians to come alongside the VCFSE sector to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. The Early Years Showcase Event – we celebrated and […]
This years strategy day was held on Monday 2nd October. We had a great turnout with all 6 trustees present alongside staff members and volunteers meaning that everybody’s views were heard and taken into account when planning the way forward for the coming year. We reflected on the difficulties that everyone is facing at the […]
Family First were invited along to this event at the uni to advertise all our volunteering opportunities to a wide range of students looking to build experience alongside their qualifications. We met lots of lovely people from a variety of courses including childcare and psychology. We also linked with other stall holders including making friends […]
Suffolk Action Week is upon us again! We are thrilled to be involved in this exciting event to raise the profile of volunteering across Suffolk. We know that we wouldn’t be here without our volunteers but it is incredibly tough to find new applicants in the current climate. We have had to cancel both our […]
It was lovely, my Granddaughter really enjoyed getting cuddly toys and really loved the clothes and back pack. Thank you This was one of the lovely comments we had from families who attended our Family Fun Day on Wednesday. We had an amazing time with so many games and activities to take part in from […]
Family First have some exciting statisticā€™s to share from our last two years’ work in Ipswich! In the year 2021-22, we assisted 65 families seeking support. The results were very encouraging: – 86% boost in self-esteem for the parents/carers involved. – A jump into the healthy self-esteem for 63% of these individuals. – A whopping […]
A huge thank you to our Chair of Trustees Dot Cordle and trustee Jan Baker for their amazing efforts at The Orwell Challenge. Despite the heat they walked a combined total of over 21 miles. Jan was joined by her granddaughter Ruby who managed over 11 miles. Well done to all of you. They raised […]
I was delighted to be invited to speak about Family First at the Ipswich East Rotary club lunch this week. I am always passionate about talking about the charity and they were a great audience genuinely interested it what we do. It was an honour to be present for Stephen Runnacles last lunch as President […]
We were delighted to have Teri Cudby from Suffolk County Council join our team today for some awareness training around Domestic Abuse. We know that this issue affects so many people (1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in the UK) and feel passionate that our staff have the understanding and confidence to […]
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