Author: Sarah Stapleton

This year is the 46th Orwell Challenge. You don’t need to be an experienced runner – the event is open to walkers and runners of all abilities and you can chose the distance the complete between 3 – 25 miles. There are regular stops along the way with access to friendly and helpful volunteers who […]
We are delighted to be celebrating 10 years of supporting families in Ipswich this year. One of the ways we will be celebrating is to hold a Service of Thanksgiving to give God the glory for His blessing and wisdom over the years. Please do join us to mark this occasion. There will be a […]
Once again local firm Christchurch Solicitors are supported us through the provision of a free wills month. Anyone seeking to make or amend a will can apply for an appointment in the month of May which will be completely free. In return, we request a donation is made directly to the charity. This is a […]
On Monday 13th March we ran our latest face to face training session for new volunteers. We were delighted to have our biggest group for some time with 3 new volunteers and 2 new Family Workers. We also have a further 2 volunteers who could not make the session but have completed their online training. […]
We were invited to join a host of stallholders at the University of Suffolk jobs and volunteer fair on 16/03/2023. We spoke to lots of students and staff keen to find out more about what we do and how they can get involved. We also met lots of other stallholders and learned about the services […]
We had a great time at the Three Wise Monkeys TV, film and music quiz in Ipswich. The event was run across the Ipswich and Colchester pubs with a grand total of £452.60 raised for the charity. A huge thanks to Chris the quizmaster for all his hard work. Service Lead Sarah Stapleton and her […]
The Three Wise Monkeys run a monthly TV, Film and Music quiz and donate the entry money – £3 per head – to charity. In March the money raised will be coming to Family First. Please do book a table and join us for a bit of friendly competition. Tables of up to 6 must […]
If you fancy a little treat for you or a loved one or want to do a spot of gift shopping do come along and join us at our pamper night. An array of local stall holders offering treats, goodies and gifts will be there. You can book a mini treatment on the night and […]
We had an amazing time at our Winter Wonderland event in December. We met lots of new people who found out more about Family First whilst having fun and doing a spot of shopping. Sadly we cannot control the British weather and the ice rink and outdoor catering vans did have to shut down on […]
Well, what a year we’ve had here at Family First. We have settled in to our new home at The Hope Centre – it’s hard to believe we’ve been here a year already! We’ve said sad goodbyes to: Karen McNeil, Family Coordinator ( but hope to see her back as a volunteer soon!) and two […]