Community First New Forest

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Ringwood Good Neighbours group are urgently in need of some help

The group aren’t able to continue running without the support of volunteer coordinators. If you have a few hours to spare a month, would you be able to help co-ordinating the befriending scheme in the BH24 area?

This is a varied and interesting role which includes:

  • Helping to ensure training needs of volunteers are met
  • Assess clients and match them with a befriender
  • Listening and supporting the volunteers regarding their befriending role
  • Deal with volunteer expenses
  • Compile a list of local activities and support groups for the use of befrienders wishing to recommend additional social contact to clients

Full training is given as well as ongoing support as part of a dedicated team. For more information or to apply please click here: https://www.cfnf.org.uk/opportunity/?slug=befriending-co-ordinator-30&id=30

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young carersNew Forest Young Carers awarded £86,000 by BBC Children in Need

Community First New Forest’s Young Carer Service has been awarded a three-year grant of £86,000 by BBC Children in Need.

This grant will fund Community First New Forest’s Young Carer support work and activities, helping make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the New Forest.

The New Forest Young Carers Service offers support to children from the ages of seven to 18 years old who have someone at home with a long-term illness or disability.

This could be anything from a Mum with MS, a Dad with bipolar or a brother on the autism spectrum.

Many young Carers miss out on a regular childhood because of their caring responsibilities.

This is where the service steps in, to provide Young Carers with the opportunity to have time to themselves and have fun.

Young Carers Coordinator Marie Shotbolt said: “Young Carers can suffer from stress and worry and are often quite lonely.

We offer them support both at home and in school, but more importantly for many of the young people we support, we offer them the chance to have fun.

This award is the most amazing news as it means we can continue our vital work for another three years.

We have wanted to develop the support we can offer to help Young Carers become better at coping and now, thanks to BBC Children in Need, we can.

This money will make a real difference.”

BBC Children in Need relies on the generosity and creativity of the thousands of supporters and fundraisers who raise millions of pounds for the charity every year.

To date the UK public has raised over £1 billion for children and young people facing disadvantage across the UK.

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ISO 9001:2015

iso 9001:2015Community First New Forest is delighted to announce it has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification, an internationally recognised standard of excellence.  Achievement of this certification shows our commitment to customer satisfaction, high quality and continuous improvement.

Jackie Hartless, Acting Chief Executive said “For any company, the road to certification requires time and commitment. Each employee has dedicated time and hard work to enable us to become certified and it shows just how much each employee here cares about the quality of what we do.

Our move from ISO 9001:2008 to the updated standard demonstrates our desire to always perform at the highest levels of quality and efficiency. We will continue to do everything we can to provide the best service to all of our clients into the future.”

Community First New Forest was certified to the ISO 9001:2015 standard by Certified Quality Systems Ltd (CQS), www.cqsltd.com

Welcome

Community First New Forest is a passionate charity that seeks to improve the quality of life for people and communities living in the New Forest District and surrounding districts.

Who we support:

We do this by:

  • Providing support and advice to local voluntary and community groups
  • Helping people to volunteer
  • Delivering local services that help people with their needs

Our services include:

All of our services will put you at the centre – your needs are important to us and we are committed to providing the best possible service.

Many people have told us that we make a difference and they have said how much our help is appreciated. What you think and feel matters to us – we want to be sure that we are there for you and really helping you.

Please have a look at our services and see how they might be able to help you or someone you know.

Thank you to all our funders for their support; it is appreciated and is vital to our work and the difference we make together. Our key funders are Hampshire County Council, New Forest District Council and Big Lottery.  A list of our funders can be found via this link.

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    21
    Aug
    2019

    Lone Working Workshop

    1.30pm - 3.30pmGreyfriars Community Centre, Ringwood

 

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