Dates for your Diary
Totcycle @ The Hub Every Friday during term-time, 10am-2pm, URC Hall, Maidstone
(Accessed from Fremlin Walk- at the bottom of the alleyway between
Pandora and Clinton Cards)
Fusion drop-in Wednesday 17th, 31st October, 14th, 21st, 28th November,
12th, 19th December
10am-12pm, Fusion Healthy Living Centre, Cobb Way, Park Wood
Join our team for a coffee and chat and meet other local mums
Totcycle Wednesday 7th November, 5th December
10.30-12, Christ Church, Park Wood
Autumn Fair Saturday 17th November, 10am-12pm, Christ Church, Park Wood
FREE family fun- see flyer below for details
Hub Christmas Party Friday 14th December, URC Hall, Maidstone
Family Christmas Thursday 20th December, 4-6pm, Christ Church, Park Wood
Befriender Training Starts Saturday 19th January, Medway. See recruitment page for more
info or to book your place.
Hollywood Ball Save the date for what promises to be THE not-to-be-missed event of
Saturday 11th May at Oakwood House, Maidstone
More information and tickets available soon!
New Mayor of Maidstone chooses the Princess Project as one of his charities
We are delighted to have been selected as one of the charities that the new Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr David Naghi, will be supporting during his term of office. We are looking forward to working with him to raise awareness of our work in Maidstone, and hopefully raise some vital funds to allow us to continue supporting local mums.
Princess Project Medway
We have been very busy since our official launch in Medway in May. We have been meeting professionals, members of local churches, and mums. We have 2 trained Medway-based volunteer befrienders, one of whom is already started supporting a young mum, and are currently recruiting more (see our recruitment page for more information). We have spoken to Sunlight Rotary club, and are looking forward to speaking at 3 local churches over the summer.
We had a great time making up Princess Boxes for new mums hosted by our friends at Chatham Evangelical Church, and have now delivered these boxes to Early Help teams and health visitors to give them to new mums who need reminding that they are valued, and special, and loved. We have established collection points for items for our Princess boxes at Gillingham and Twydall Children and Family Hub, Woodlands Road, Gillingham, ME7 2BX, Chatham Evangelical Church, 128 Ordnance Street, ME4 6SE, and St Justus Church, The Fairway, Rochester ME1 2LT.
We have also started delivering Totcycle supplies to mums in need in the area.
This is very much a work in progress. We are currently gathering together people who share our heart for mums in Medway. If you think you might like to get involved, we would love to hear from you!
St Peter's Church, Ightham makes the Princess Project one of their charity partners
St Peter's Church in Ightham have given a boost to young mums in Kent by donating £2,000 to The Princess Project.
The Revd Tim Hatwell, Rector of St Peter's Church said:
“Each year St Peter's Ightham give away a percentage of their income to Christian charities, both local and abroad. We decided to give to the Princess Project because it was a local initiative in both Maidstone and Medway, and we already have contact with the Project through a couple of our church members.
“We are delighted to give to and be a partner in this important work with mothers who need extra support. We will also be playing our part through prayer and in practical ways.
Emma Tanner CEO of the Princess Project said that they were delighted to receive the donation and to have been made one of St. Peter’s charity partners:
“As a small local charity, donations such as this one makes a real difference to us. It will pay for our community support worker to work one day a week in the Medway towns for a whole year, meeting with vulnerable mums as well as with our partner organisations and volunteers, and collecting and delivering donations of baby goods.
“We hope that this partnership will be mutually beneficial as members of St Peter's see what a difference their support is making to vulnerable mums and their families in the diocese, and that we will be able to continue to work together going forwards. Thank you so much!"
Archdeacon of Tonbridge the Ven Julie Conalty echoed Emma’s delight: ‘I am thrilled that a church in Tonbridge archdeaconry is supporting this Medway project - it is great to see churches working together like this across our Diocese.’
Caroline Clarke, Diocesan community engagement and social action advisor said: 'It’s exciting seeing how quickly the statutory agencies have engaged with the ethos and work of the Princess Project across the Medway Towns. Emma is gathering referrals and training more Befrienders. We are so grateful to St Peter's for sharing this financial resource to enable support for more guests.’
A Summer of Fun
Our staff and volunteer team have had a very busy summer! We aim to have at least one event happening every week of the school summer holidays, so that our mums have somewhere free and friendly to bring their little people over the long summer break. We held summer sessions at the Hub (with access to Totcycle) and Fusion, family picnics, and had stalls at the Park Wood fete and Children's Centre Funday. Our one-to-one support continues all the way through the summer, with our volunteer befrienders meeting young mums across Maidstone and Medway and Emma and Beth, our staff team, providing support to many more vulnerable mums and their families.
Music on the Green
Our Princess Project summer finished with a very soggy Music on the Green. Thanks to our amazing supporters we covered 35 volunteer steward shifts despite the torrential rain and wind. Our stall looked beautiful (see picture below), and was very popular until it blew away! It was still a fantastic event to be involved with, and we were over the moon and very grateful to be presented with an enormous cheque for £7,500. Thank you so much to the organisers who chose us as their major charity partner this year, and to all the generous people who bought tickets and supported us on the day.
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