Events & Updates

Winter Wonderland

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 […]

We are so excited about our Winter Wonderland event this week. Jointly hosted with Murrayside Community Centre the event will feature: an ice rink, Santa’s Grotto, lots of stalls for last minute gifts and treats, hot food and cakes available to buy or take home. Local groups such as majorettes will also be involved. We’ve […]

Coffee and Chat Fri 9th December

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 […]

Volunteer Training December 12th

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 […]

Light a Candle Service 5th November

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 […]

Family First Joins MANUP?

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 2022

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 […]

Volunteer Training Sept 2022

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 […]

Wellington Children’s Centre Family Fun Day

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 […]

Free books from Let’s Talk Reading

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 […]


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