Well, it's September. We have no idea what the next few months will bring for our communities, but, here at First Days the last few months have brought us some much needed clarity. Amongst the unprecedented (don't you hate that word!) busy-ness we have had time to look at what we do and why, and are making some very exciting and timely changes.
Watch this space for new premises in Wokingham, with new, incredibly safe, contactless drop off and collection, and an opportunity for young people to choose their own school uniform as well as a new delivery service. In the mean time (apologies, its a long read) ...
As some of you know, over the last eight years we have helped thousands of families and given out hundreds of tonnes of ‘stuff’ to families in need. When we started there wasn’t really such thing as a Baby Bank, let alone somewhere that provided everything that we have. Times have changed and as the effects of austerity have taken their hold other charities have started operating, which has given us a great opportunity to focus on the parts of our work that are the most important to the families we support.
Our research has shown that the work we do is most valuable to families when we help them with the most disproportionately expensive or most difficult to find items. To that end, we are refocusing our work, with a renewed passion for our core beliefs and huge enthusiasm for expanding our services in these areas to make a meaningful difference in the lives of parents, children and young people.