Blogs

In praise of ‘angels’ in dark places

By Lauren Baldridge | October 15, 2019
On the eve of Prisons Week (13-19 October), Spurgeons Chief Executive Ross Hendry invokes the compassion, hope and inclusiveness brought by those ‘angel’ volunteers in our prisons Prisons are not nice places. That may seem an obvious statement, but one…
Street graffiti

Working with girls to BeLeave in better

By Lauren Baldridge | October 9, 2019
Jag Basra heads Spurgeons’ BeLeave programme, supporting girls and young women impacted by gang affiliation and child criminal exploitation. Jag is about to meet up in Cape Town with all the projects established under the international Comic Relief I Define…

Are you sitting comfortably?

By Lauren Baldridge | September 27, 2019
For the last two years or more Spurgeons family services worker Diane Sparkes has run a reading scheme that enables dads in Norwich prison to share bedtime stories with their children. The StoryBook Dads scheme is another example of Spurgeons’…
Father and child

When a prison visit saw a father meet his children for the first and last time

By Lauren Baldridge | September 13, 2019
In the latest of our blog series on the importance of supporting dads, a Spurgeons Family Support Worker tells their part in the story of how a final contact visit was arranged for a new father serving a prison sentence…
Lads Need Dads - Inspire programme

Lads Need Dads: Helping boys with absent fathers be the best that they can be

By Lauren Baldridge | August 9, 2019
The latest blog in our ‘father to the fatherless’ series comes from guest blogger Sonia Shaljean. Sonia is founder and managing director of an Essex-based initiative that is getting national attention Founded in 2015 Lads Need Dads is an award-winning…

Celebrating a place where dads can be dads

By Lauren Baldridge | July 31, 2019
For the latest in our summer blog series focused on the important role fathers play in children’s lives and the need to support dads, we asked Spurgeons Senior Early Years Practitioner Angie Lovell to tell us about Saturdads, as it…
Father and daughter

Fatherhood today – a golden age or time of crisis?

By Lauren Baldridge | July 9, 2019
Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy told Parliament, last month, that she had to choose between being an MP or a mother now that she was pregnant. This shone a bright light on the low take up (1% last year) of shared…
Lesley Blount on her skydive

Brave Lesley still flying high for Spurgeons!

By Lauren Baldridge | July 3, 2019
Former Spurgeons employee Lesley Blount went big with her celebrations to mark reaching 70 this year. Here Lesley blogs for us on her skydive from 10,000ft above Salisbury Plain, raising funds for Spurgeons and another charity close to her heart……
Picture of Charles Spurgeon

Who will remember you when forget-me-knots have withered?

By Lauren Baldridge | June 28, 2019
In the second of our blog series on the importance of dads to children’s development, Spurgeons Chief Executive Ross Hendry presents our founder, renowned Victorian Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon, as a timeless role model, ‘Father to the Fatherless’ Last…