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We are hosting a drop in coffee and chat event to celebrate the past year and look forward to the future. The event is open to all: current team members and volunteers or people who may like to join us, current and potential referrers, families we have supported or who would like support. We will […]
Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you want to do something that helps others and gives you a sense of wellbeing and purpose? Could you become a Family First volunteer? You would be matched with a family who you would visit for an hour a week to listen, encourage and support to reach […]
We would like to thank Hunnaball Funeral Directors (Ipswich) and Whitton Parish Church for agreeing to support the work of Family First through donations given at the upcoming Light a Candle Service on November 5th. This service is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one and would like to come […]
MANUP? and Family First having a get together to promote how we can help to improve wellbeing within family life. We’ll talk about what we do as a charity, why we do it, and maybe some of them will join us. It is the volunteers who are the core of our charity. Without them, we […]
Suffolk Action Week is a series of events aimed at raising the profile of volunteering across Suffolk and promoting volunteering opportunities. Family First have been involved in this event since its inception with Service Lead Sarah Stapleton part of the original team who implemented it. This year we were present at The Hive event where […]
Our September training saw another 3 volunteers join our team – two of whom will mentor families and a third, a student at Suffolk uni, who will provide support with our social media as well as helping us build important links with the university. We are excited to watch our newest team members grow over […]
The staff at Wellington Children’s Centre invited us to join them at their Family Summer Fun Day. There was a range of services there to share with families what support they could offer as well as activities for the children to enjoy. I wasn’t brave enough to try the Lego “fire” walk but lots of […]
A HUGE THANK YOU to Jenna and the team at Let’s Talk Reading for providing us with free books to deliver to our families over the Summer. They were able to put together packs based on the children’s ages and interests and we were thrilled with the range of amazing books we were given to […]
June 2022 – Free wills month We linked up again with our friends at Christchurch solicitors who kindly offered free wills in return for a suggested donation. 100% of the money given came directly to the charity and was used to help cover running costs allowing us to continue our work supporting families. We had […]
We are delighted to have run another training session and invited three new volunteers to join the team. We provide our volunteers with a comprehensive training package before they start with us as well as ongoing support. One of our volunteers, who has volunteered with several organisations, said that the support we provide was “an […]
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