A decade of friendship & support

Home-Start Slough has celebrated 10 years of its Family Support Group (FSG), which helps isolated and struggling parents come together every week.

On the day of celebration, there was face painting, animal ballooning, pass the parcel, music, tasty food and of course cake, with 20 children and their parents taking part the fun.

The FSG is free to Home-Start Slough families and gives parents and their children the chance to get out of the house, make new friends and gain support.

When the group first started in 2004, five families and nine children attended. A decade on, and so far, the FSG has seen 44 families and 76 children supported this year so far.

During the two hour sessions, children get to play will all sorts of toys, get creative with arts and crafts and enjoy a tasty, healthy lunch.

Over the years, many strong friendships have been built, with one parent helping a mother who gave birth to her fourth child. She took the lady into her home, so the mother could recuperate for a few weeks after leaving hospital.

Justine Boulton, FSG coordinator, said: “The FSG has been such a great source of support for some many people.

“All families that we help are invited to come along. It’s also a great way of helping parents who haven’t yet been matched to a volunteer. We don’t like to leave anyone out who is in need of our help.”

It cost £12,500 to run FSG for a year, and it is a vital service for HSS.