The new year has started at full pace, with meetings and activities keeping our practitioners busy. Our families really enjoyed their Christmas gifts, made possible thanks to the generosity of so many of you, but reality has hit with a vengeance since January and there are many very anxious families needing intensive support. We operate a traffic light system for our families, with red being the most serious cases, and many of our new referrals have started at this level. We aim to reduce this need to amber as soon as we can, but for lots of families this can take some time, so we anticipate that the next few weeks will be quite challenging for our practitioners.We thought that you might like to read this message which we received from one of our families just before Christmas. We think it is a really good personal explanation of the support we offer:

I am writing just to say a huge THANK YOU for all you have been doing for us since you started supporting us as a family. There is a lot that I want to say, but sometimes it is not so easy to put thoughts in words…but in a very simple way I can say that you have been:

supportive, caring, understanding, good listener, professional, non judgemental, generous, respectful, encouraging, inspirational

… and the list goes on and on… Anyway, this is just a little note to say a BIG THANK YOU for everything you do for us and to say how grateful we are for your support!

Away from our core support work we are planning many group activities again this year, including more visits to Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation and our annual visit to Warnham Park. We are also looking for more volunteers to help our practitioners with individual family support as well as group activities, so if this is something you might be interested in supporting, please do get in touch with our office on 01273 832963.

Nikki Kerr, FSW Director of Fundraising and Marketing

December’s work in numbers

338 individual visits and 845 calls with families supporting 286 adults and 345 children

40 group sessions held supporting 617 parents and 418 children

193 food deliveries made, plus 180 Christmas hampers and 80 turkeys


Nikki Kerr, FSW Director of Fundraising and Marketing