What a wonderful summer we have had here at FSW, with the weather on our side for most of the events we planned. We’ve had so much fun with our families at our Warnham Park family day in the presence of the High Sheriff of West Sussex, and at Agmerhurst House, Ashburnham with the High Sheriff of East Sussex. Our families really enjoyed the chance to go somewhere new, have a day filled with activities and food and the chance to escape their daily struggles.

We’ve also had a busy calendar of Open Garden events, with these nearly all over for the year, so a huge thank you to anybody who supported these by baking cakes or helping out on the day.

Our thoughts are now turning to the autumn, and the challenges that this new season will bring. With the increasing cost of living our families have been struggling already to keep afloat with essential bills as well as things like new school uniform and shoes, and as energy prices are set to rise again there is a great deal of worry about how they are going to cope. Our practitioners are doing everything they can to support them by accessing available help from other sources, and our fuel fund and foodbank remain on hand to support those who are in real need.

Harvest season will be here shortly and if you are planning on holding a Harvest festival collection for us, we would be very grateful if you could let us know as far in advance as possible so that we can plan our collection schedule with the van. We would also welcome the chance to come and speak at a service if this is appropriate, so that we can tell you even more about what we have been doing recently, so do get in touch with the office on 01273 832963 if you’d like to request a speaker.

We hope that many of you will be able to attend our AGM at Chichester Cathedral on Saturday 1st October – it is shaping up to be quite a special day, so we would love to see as many of you as possible.

Thank you for your continued support of FSW’s work.  Website: https://www.familysupportwork.org/



Nikki Kerr, FSW Director of Fundraising and Marketing