It seems that every time I write I am telling you how busy we are, but it is particularly true this month. We have been inundated with referrals to our service as so many families are finding life a real struggle at the moment, which is negatively impacting on mental health, family relationships and finances. We are doing as much as we can to support as many families as possible but are sadly having to put some on a waiting list until we have capacity.

For those families we are supporting, we have been running lots of Easter holiday activities to keep children entertained, including trips to Aldingbourne Country Centre, cinema and bowling, Arundel Castle cricket and various messy play and craft sessions. These have all been supported brilliantly by volunteers, so thank you to everybody who has supported any of these events. Thank you to everybody who kindly donated Easter eggs for our families – these were very gratefully received and much enjoyed by all.

We have a busy calendar of events coming up over the next few months including Open Gardens across East Sussex, prosecco afternoon tea in East Hoathly, a barn dance and metal detecting rally (both in Rye). If you’d like any information about any of these then do check out the events page of our website or contact the fundraising team by email or 01273 041401.

Finally, we are currently recruiting for 3 new posts based at head office –details of these can be found on the Vacancies page of our website. We would love to hear from anybody who is interested in any of these positions.

Nikki Kerr, FSW Director of Fundraising and Marketing