January has been very difficult for our families, who are finding this lockdown much harder than last year as the pressure from schools is higher and the weather not conducive to lots of outdoor activities. Our practitioners have been working incredibly hard to give families as much support as they can, and the real-life contact (as opposed to anything which is delivered remotely) is really helping them. With the vaccine rollout achieving such great success, we are able to give parents a sense of hope that this situation may come to an end before the summer.

We are also very pleased to announce that we are currently recruiting for 4 new roles at FSW. We are currently looking for family support practitioners for Midhurst & Petworth; Storrington, and Rye deaneries, as we are now able to expand our work into new parts of Sussex and support even more families. We are also looking for a Co-ordinator for the Family Contact Centre in Eastbourne, which is a joint project between FSW and Mothers’ Union. All the details of these vacancies are on our website so please do share with anybody you feel may be interested.

https://www.familysupportwork.org/get-involved/job-vacancies/

Whilst we are still unable to carry out any face-to-face events, and have no indication of when these might resume, we remain incredibly grateful to all those who are supporting us in other ways. The generosity of our supporters continues to hearten and motivate us all, and we are very grateful for your ongoing support both financially, practically and in prayer.

Nikki Kerr, Director Fundraising & Marketing