How beautiful snowflakes can help improve children’s lives

How beautiful snowflakes can help improve children’s lives

A few weeks ago, I wrote about all the (many) things I’m thankful for, but obviously not everyone is as lucky as us. I recently found out about a charity called Home-Start, and their mission really speaks to me:

“Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of our support include improved health and well being and better family relationships.”

As a mum myself, I know how difficult it can be to be responsible for the wellbeing and happiness of a tiny new human. I really relied on Ryan, my family and friends to help when I couldn’t cope. And let’s face it, we all go through those times when we just don’t know what we’re doing, or what to do next. When the kids are ill, when you’re ill, when you haven’t been able to get any sleep, when they won’t eat, when their eczema is causing them a lot of pain, and even when they are having an epic tantrum… the list goes on!

For me, not being able to breastfeed was a very real, and very all-consuming problem, and then there was the resulting illness I suffered when I persevered. I really don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t had people to support me.

Not everyone has a support network. They might not have a grandparent who can drop everything and come and help, or give you advice. They might have relationship problems, or money problems, or health issues, or bereavement to deal with. That’s where Home-Start comes in. You can read more about them on their website, but essentially their volunteers visit a family’s home for a few hours a week, offering support, until the youngest child is five, or until the parents feel they can cope on their own.

“They work alongside parents, in their own homes, to help them cope with the stresses and strains of life and make sure they have the skills, time and strength they need to nurture their children.”

Home-Start are running a Snowflake Appeal at the moment and have some lovely snowflake-themed goodies on sale, and I bought some beautiful pearlised cardboard bunting, for £4.99 which I have put on my mantlepiece.

I also bought some snowflake Christmas cards for £4, which the girls can colour in. I thought they would also look lovely if I cut out them out with a scalpel, but I’m not sure I’ll have time for that!

There are lots of lovely ornaments and other goodies for sale on their website, from nail stickers to Christmas tree decorations, with all proceeds going to help young families who are struggling. There could be the perfect stocking filler or secret Santa gift waiting for you!

If you’re feeling crafty, you can also request a free crochet snowflake kit, (you just pay £1.50 for postage) so you can make a snowflake to sell to raise funds, or send it to the charity to send on to their families over Christmas. I had a go at crochet a few years ago and loved it, but have forgotten it all now, so I am going to get a kit, which apparently is suitable for beginners like me.

I went to the Handmade Christmas Fair up in Manchester a few weeks back, and Home-Start were displaying the lovely crochet snowflakes that have already been sent to them, don’t they look wonderful? This is just a few of them: there were hundreds or maybe even thousands. Home-Start's Snowflake AppealI won’t get mine done in time to send it in, but hopefully it will be good enough to persuade someone to buy it (even if it’s just Ryan!)

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22 Comments

  1. 29th December 2015 / 1:14 pm

    I’m the same as you – without support it would have been impossible as a new Mum. It is just so vital. What a lovely idea and a great cause. We do sometimes take for granted what we have really. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx

    • 29th December 2015 / 5:05 pm

      Thanks so much Sarah, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your lovely family xx

  2. 19th December 2015 / 1:09 pm

    What a lovely post Becky!! It is so nice to read about charities that do so much for people who really need some help. I like the whole idea of the snowflakes. They are beautiful especially that bunting that you bought!! I will have a look to their website!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS! I hope you join me again tomorrow for the last #KCACOLS of 2015!!! 🙂 xx

    • 19th December 2015 / 9:44 pm

      Thank you Franca, I’m so happy to help raise awareness and hopefully some money for them xx

  3. 16th December 2015 / 6:20 pm

    Aww that’s just fantastic! Christmas is definitely a time for giving & they are doing such fantastic work! #coolmumclub

    • 17th December 2015 / 12:22 pm

      Thanks Jordanne, I totally agree xx

  4. 16th December 2015 / 10:11 am

    Sounds like a lovely charity and christmas is definitely a time where I think about giving back. It also looks like they’re doing some really nice products too which is always a bonus! #BestandWorst

    • 16th December 2015 / 11:29 am

      Thanks Jodie, I’m hoping to have time to crochet my snowflake on Christmas Day! Cx

  5. Sara Handy Herbs
    14th December 2015 / 5:05 pm

    What a lovely idea! I agree with you that having a support network can be crucially important so I will check out the website #KCACOLS

    • 14th December 2015 / 8:13 pm

      Thanks so much Sara, they do great work and I think buying some pretty things to support it is a lovely idea xx

  6. 13th December 2015 / 11:21 pm

    This is such a lovely idea! I’ll have to go and check out the range 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • 14th December 2015 / 9:03 am

      Thanks so much Jess, our girls are really enjoying colouring in the snowflake cards! Xx

  7. 13th December 2015 / 8:05 pm

    Oh I love Homestart, will definitely look into supporting this! #KCACOLS

    • 13th December 2015 / 9:03 pm

      Yay have you done crochet before? I hope I can make one that looks ok! xx

  8. cvnxena
    13th December 2015 / 10:32 am

    What a fantastic cause! Support can make parenting the best thing in the world or the most isolating – the phrase – “it takes a village” really is the truth! What a great organisation – I will check out their website! #KCACOLS

    • 13th December 2015 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you so much, that phrase really sums it up, I don’t know how people do it on their own xx

  9. traceyb1981
    13th December 2015 / 9:24 am

    I have never heard of home start before but I love the idea behind, a great cause to support. I was lucky I have a great support system but I know how hard it is for those who don’t. #KCACOLS

    • 13th December 2015 / 9:01 pm

      Thank you Tracey, they do great work at such an important time on children’s lives, so I am happy to spread the word! xx

  10. 10th December 2015 / 8:10 pm

    What a beautifully simple sentiment…a child is a fragile as a snowflake. I have heard of home start before, it really does hit home how hard it would be without a support network, when you’re lucky enough to have one. Thanks for linking up, happy to share the word via #coolmumclub x x x

    • 10th December 2015 / 9:13 pm

      Thank you, and thanks for sharing xx

  11. 10th December 2015 / 1:15 pm

    wow! that sounds like a great program to help needy families and the snowflakes are very creatively made. I like that they have come up with all sorts of ways to make snowflakes and that they are going to help children and their families. This is a great worthy cause to be promoting. Thank you for sharing this! Visiting from #coolmumclub

    • 10th December 2015 / 4:25 pm

      Thanks so much, I was really touched by the idea behind it so am very happy to help spread the word! Xx

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