Our Charity History

September 2020

We had been supporting parents with child to parent violence who were attending our other programmes but in September 2020 thanks to Sussex Community Foundation we were able to develop a targeted pilot Who’s in Charge? child to parent violence programme.

This provided a springboard for us to secure two years funding for families residing in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove

September 2020

April 2020

We began offering our attachment-focused Being Mum programme to new first time Mums and their babies residing in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove
April 2020

March 2020

Staff and trustees were proud to receive SafeLives Leading Lights accreditation in recognition of the quality of our Lotus Domestic Abuse Recovery Programme.

The SafeLives Leading Lights programme is designed to recognise and reward good and safe practice in risk-led community-based domestic abuse services including recovery group work programmes. It offers a set of standards for supporting domestic abuse victims through a risk-led approach and is designed to ensure that victims receive the same level of service, regardless of where they are in the country.

March 2020

2016

We had been supporting domestic abuse victim-survivors via our non-targeted services since 1996 but in 2016 thanks to Lloyds Foundation pilot funding began offering a targeted domestic abuse recovery programme to victim-survivors living in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.
2016

2016

Our long-established volunteer home-visiting service was primarily funded by East Sussex County Council from our formation.

In response to economic pressures, in March 2016 a strategic decision was made by ESCC not to fund early intervention services, including our home-visiting service and toddler group. In that same year HSES supported approx 300 families.

HSES is now funded by various independent grant providers, fundraising events and donors.

2016

From 2014

Home-Start East Sussex staff led a Pop in and Play toddler group at Newhaven Children’s Centre funded by East Sussex County Council.
From 2014

2014

The two independent Home-Start schemes based in the county merged to become Home-Start East Sussex.

Home-Start Hastings & Rother (est. 1988) had covered Hastings Borough and Rother District.

2014

2012

A home-visiting money management service was set up to support families with young children living in the Wealden District.

This was in partnership with Wealden Citizens Advice and other local partners whose combined services met the needs of all Wealden residents.

2012

2012

We worked in partnership with Belltree Music Therapy CIC to develop and run a Sing and Grow music therapy group for disabled pre-school children in Uckfield.
2012

2009

Thanks to East Sussex County Council funding, the home-visiting service expanded into Eastbourne Borough.
2009

2008

Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund and Wealden District Council funding, the volunteer home-visiting service expanded into the Wealden District.
2008

1996

With the help of Home-Start UK policy and procedures, a volunteer home-visiting service was developed for Lewes District families.

A toddler group with messy play was also set up at the charity’s premises in Newhaven High Street.

1996

September 2020

We had been supporting parents with child to parent violence who were attending our other programmes but in September 2020 thanks to Sussex Community Foundation we were able to develop a targeted pilot Who’s in Charge? child to parent violence programme.

This provided a springboard for us to secure two years funding for families residing in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove

April 2020

We began offering our attachment-focused Being Mum programme to new first time Mums and their babies residing in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove

March 2020

Staff and trustees were proud to receive SafeLives Leading Lights accreditation in recognition of the quality of our Lotus Domestic Abuse Recovery Programme.

The SafeLives Leading Lights programme is designed to recognise and reward good and safe practice in risk-led community-based domestic abuse services including recovery group work programmes. It offers a set of standards for supporting domestic abuse victims through a risk-led approach and is designed to ensure that victims receive the same level of service, regardless of where they are in the country.

2016

We had been supporting domestic abuse victim-survivors via our non-targeted services since 1996 but in 2016 thanks to Lloyds Foundation pilot funding began offering a targeted domestic abuse recovery programme to victim-survivors living in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

2016

Our long-established volunteer home-visiting service was primarily funded by East Sussex County Council from our formation.

In response to economic pressures, in March 2016 a strategic decision was made by ESCC not to fund early intervention services, including our home-visiting service and toddler group. In that same year HSES supported approx 300 families.

HSES is now funded by various independent grant providers, fundraising events and donors.

From 2014

Home-Start East Sussex staff led a Pop in and Play toddler group at Newhaven Children’s Centre funded by East Sussex County Council.

2014

The two independent Home-Start schemes based in the county merged to become Home-Start East Sussex.

Home-Start Hastings & Rother (est. 1988) had covered Hastings Borough and Rother District.

2012

A home-visiting money management service was set up to support families with young children living in the Wealden District.

This was in partnership with Wealden Citizens Advice and other local partners whose combined services met the needs of all Wealden residents.

2012

We worked in partnership with Belltree Music Therapy CIC to develop and run a Sing and Grow music therapy group for disabled pre-school children in Uckfield.

2009

Thanks to East Sussex County Council funding, the home-visiting service expanded into Eastbourne Borough.

2008

Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund and Wealden District Council funding, the volunteer home-visiting service expanded into the Wealden District.

1996

With the help of Home-Start UK policy and procedures, a volunteer home-visiting service was developed for Lewes District families.

A toddler group with messy play was also set up at the charity’s premises in Newhaven High Street.

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