The summer holidays are now in full swing and we are so pleased that we have been able to organise some activities for our families, who have been desperate for a change of scenery after all these months in lockdown. We have had a day at Arundel Castle Cricket club, which included forest school and meditation and was greatly enjoyed by both parents and children. There have also been trips to the beach, circus visits as well as individual family outings for those who cannot cope with large groups.

Our foodbank is in greater need during these holiday weeks as we try to provide food which is normally given through free school meals, and we would like to thank all those who have been collecting for us. Although our stores have improved a little, we are still in need of most items to keep the shelves adequately stocked – particularly tinned fruit and vegetables, jams and spreads.

We held our first staff day in the middle of July, which was the first time for 2 years that the whole staff team were able to see each other in person and catch up on each other’s news. It was wonderful to share stories, and we were delighted to have been joined by the outgoing Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Sir Peter Field. You can see photos from the day on our Facebook page.

By the time you read this, our sponsored walk from Amberley to Arundel will have taken place, our first mass participation event for such a long time. We have also recommenced our speaking engagements at churches and have been delighted to update congregations on our activities over the last 18 months. If you would like to invite us to speak at a service then please get in touch with the office on admin@familysupportwork.org.uk

Thank you all for your continued support and prayers as we look ahead to September and the recommencement of a more ‘normal’ working pattern.