Dates for your Diary
Totcycle @ The Hub *CURRENTLY CLOSED- SEE BELOW*
Every Friday during term-time, 10am-2pm, URC Hall, Maidstone
(Maidstone) (Accessed from Fremlin Walk- at the bottom of the alleyway between
Pandora and Clinton Cards).
Totcycle @ The Hub *CURRENTLY CLOSED- SEE BELOW*
Every Monday during term-time, 10am-12pm, the
(Gillingham) Community Hub, 11 The Vineries, Gillingham ME7 2AD.
Totcycle @ The Hub Open to accept clothing donations (see below)/to pick up donation bundles (by appointment)
Every Wednesday 10am-2pm, Christ Church,
(Park Wood) Park Wood, ME15 9JW
Mum2Mum Information Evening
On Tuesday 23rd June we held an information evening for anyone interested in finding out more about our church-based befriending service for young mums. We were delighted to be able to hear from all of our staff team, plus some of our amazing volunteers, and to be joined by more than 30 ladies from all across the country! If you couldn't join us, we recorded the session and you can watch it here. (Password is 3Y+72$+@)
For more information and to download a role description or volunteer application form, see our recruitment page.
In light of the current covid-19 pandemic, we have had to close all of our Hubs, groups and meet-ups until further notice. From Wednesday 3rd June we will be opening our Park Wood Hub on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 2pm to accept donations of clothing, towels and bedding, and unopened packs of nappies, wipes and formula, only. We are especially in need of toddlers' summer clothes.
All items will be washed by our awesome volunteer team before being redistributed to families who need it.
Please note that we have limited space and are not able to open for people to access Totcycle- please continue to message our team with any requests for items and we will sort out a donation bundle for you to collect by appointment from our Park Wood office, or we will deliver them to you.
Donation drop-offs and pick-ups will be contactless and we would ask you to please follow the instructions on the signs as you arrive to make sure we can adhere to social distancing regulations and keep all of our staff, volunteers and visitors safe. Access will be via the rear Wrangleden Road office entrance (through the allotments).
So far during lockdown our little team has made over 200 deliveries to families in need, and the referrals and requests for help keep coming. Thank you so much for your ongoing help and support.
Our team are still working and are here to support any mum who needs us, by phonecall, message, or to deliver Totcycle supplies to you. Please do get in touch with us if you need anything at all.
Emma- 07851 196770
Beth- 07427 339784
Alison- 07426 714709
Mary- 07312 095538.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in need of our help.
We are trying to build and develop our Facebook page into an interactive online community where we can support each other; please do point any families you know who may be in need of support at this difficult time in our direction and get them to like or follow the page so they can join our Princess Project online family. We will be broadcasting live on Facebook every Monday at 10am, and will be answering your questions, coming up with some ideas for activities to do with your little ones at home, and trying to spread a little encouragement and positivity. Please do join us :-) You can find all our live videos here and as it's a public page you don't need a facebook account to access it.
You are not alone! We are believing and trusting that God is good, He loves us, and that if we love each other in the way He has asked us to, we will make this situation a little bit more bearable for us all.
Lots of love from Team PP x
Family Barn Dance
Thank you so much to everyone who came along to our Barn Dance. We had loads of fun, with everyone from babies to grandmas joining in the dancing! Special thanks to our multi-talented trustee Phil Goodey for 'calling' the dance, and to everyone who volunteered on the night , or who contributed cakes for the bake sale- as usual, a total team effort. As well as enjoying ourselves we raised £835, a fantastic total!
We are delighted to have been awarded several grants recently to fund various projects in Maidstone and Medway. The trustees, staff, volunteers and clients of the Princess Project would like to say a huge thank you to all of our funders for supporting us- not only does it allow us to continue with our work, it is a big encouragement to us all that you believe in what we are doing.
Colyer Ferguson Charitable Trust have awarded us an Investing in Communities 'stabilising' grant over 3 years to part-fund the salary of a Community Support Worker.
Chatham Maritime trust have given us a small grant to buy storage boxes
and signage for our Gillingham Hub.
Golding Vision have awarded us a small grant from their Community Chest Fund towards the cost of a storage unit in Park Wood for our larger baby items, and also a grant to top up our Totcycle items during the Covid-19 lockdown..
The Henry Smith Charity has awarded us a two-year grant towards the cost of running our Park Wood Hub.
The Dulverton Trust, administered by Kent Community Foundation, have awarded us a grant towards the cost of running our Maidstone and Gillingham Hubs. KCF have also given us a grant to help support our work through the Covid-19 pandemic.
The People's Health Trust has given us repeat funding this year to continue our work in Park Wood.
The Whitehead Monckton Charitable Foundation have given us a
grant this year towards general operating costs.
Our local Kent County Councillor, Gary Cooke, has given us a local member's grant to fund our covid-19 emergency response. We have also been awarded a early years grant to fund our Mum2Mum befriending service over the coming year.
Cinnamon Network Project Lab
Team PP were over the moon to reach the final of the Cinnamon Network Project Lab 2019. Project Lab is a Dragon's Den style competition to find remarkable social action projects with the potential to be replicated in churches across the country. We entered Mum2Mum, our befriending service for young parents, and were one of only 5 projects nationally to reach the final. CEO Emma Tanner had to present a 6 minute pitch to a panel of expert judges, and answer their questions. It was an amazing, if completely terrifying, experience!
We were not one of the overall winners, who each secured a £30,000 development grant, but we were pledged over £4,000 in funding from the audience on the night and secured a place on the project incubator. This is a two-year programme designed specifically to help church-led social action projects like ours to develop strong governance, robust leadership and the knowledge and expertise we need to replicate our work. It is a unique opportunity, the commercial value of which is estimated to be over £20,000!
Our aim is that eventually Mum2Mum will be able to be offered as a service by churches or groups of churches all across the UK. In order to make this happen, we need to raise an additional £8,000, to help us develop and produce training resources, run training events, and put in the extra hours to make it all happen! If you would like to make a pledge to help us reach this target, and see Mum2Mum grow, then you can donate by clicking the donate button below.