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Together we can make a difference

By Samantha Williams | June 5, 2020
Today (5 June) is day 74 of the lockdown. The Coronavirus has dominated our lives for almost three months, but in the last week, the headlines have been dominated by the uncomfortable truth about inequality, prejudice, and the violence it…

Vital family support to continue, thanks to £5k community grant

By Samantha Williams | May 14, 2020
An Elmbridge-based charity that’s already made more than 300 emergency deliveries to 80 local families in need of food and household items has been awarded £5,000 to extend its work during the coronavirus lockdown. Spurgeons, a national children’s charity that…

Charity leads joint support for prisoners and their families in pandemic

By Samantha Williams | May 5, 2020
While a new report* states that “significant threat levels” remain for our prisons from Covid-19 and calls for restrictions to be kept in place till April 2021, a children’s charity continues to lead innovative ways to support both prisoners and…
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Wiltshire families get crafty, thanks to Scrapstore

By Samantha Williams | April 28, 2020
When our Wiltshire Children’s Centres began sharing activity ideas with families online due to the Covid-19 lockdown, they spotted that the more vulnerable and financially stretched families weren’t joining in. This was likely because they did not have access to…

Waitrose charity link brings schoolchildren some seasonal joy in troubled times

By Samantha Williams | April 24, 2020
Children of key coronavirus workers from across East Northamptonshire got a super Easter egg treat, thanks to a partnership between Waitrose, in Rushden and near-neighbours Spurgeons Children’s Charity. While their parents went out to work for the NHS and in…

Those good eggs at Kier team up with Spurgeons to deliver surprise Easter treat for local schoolchildren

By Samantha Williams | April 9, 2020
‘Dream. Believe. Achieve’. That’s the motto of Newton Road School, in Rushden, Northamptonshire where our Spurgeons Head Office is based. This motto came true for more than 60 of their students as they each received their own, totally unexpected, Easter…

Important Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information

By Samantha Williams | March 19, 2020
Spurgeons will continue to provide support for vulnerable children and families These are challenging times for us all. There is no way of knowing how long it will be before things return to normal. However, Spurgeons colleagues, employees and volunteers,…

Work by Sussex artist features in award-winning prison Visitors’ Centre

By Samantha Williams | March 12, 2020
A new Visitors’ Centre at HMP Lewes will receive a High Sheriff’s Award, this month, for “establishing a really friendly and welcoming atmosphere in a place that can be frightening for visitors.” These are the words of Mrs Violet Hancock,…

Series of reports shines light of hope on prisons and family support

By Samantha Williams | March 3, 2020
The received picture of life in today’s prisons is very negative, painted by so many stories of overcrowding, drugs, self-harming, suicides and violence. Yet a pattern has emerged of something more positive – the visitor centres and family support services…