Pledge Office Chairs

Pledge Office Chairs – Leighton have supported Families United Network by donating 4 comfy office chairs.

FUN would like to say a big thank you and the office staff Diane, Jenni and Cassie are delighted.

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ASDA Luton Community Life

FUN would like to say a big thank you to ASDA Luton for their kind generosity of £50 following the Community Life Green Coin Scheme.

Cassie Whitworth (Fundraising Development Office) attended the presentation with the other chosen charities.

Vintage Video Game Consoles

Chuck out your consoles!

And when you do, please send them to us…

New Video Consoles…because at FUN we’re on the lookout for unloved or unwanted video consoles that are gathering dust in the spare room or are no longer in use after an upgrade to the latest shiny new box.

So if you have any Playstations, X-Boxes, Nintendos of all shapes and sizes, or even “vintage” video consoles from Sega or other manufacturers in that Great Video Arcade in the Sky, we’d love to hear from you.

It’s important that the consoles are in good working order.

If you have any video game consoles that you would like to donate to FUN please contact Diane Rhodes on Tel: 01582 470999 or just contact us using our short online form

New Staff join in the FUN!

Link and Youth Service Co-ordinator

Families United Network are delighted to announce and welcome Stephen Swaine to the FUN family.

Stephen will be joining us from 2 December as the Link and Youth Service Co-ordinator working alongside Jenni Hammond (Activities Manager), to initiate the first clusters of the Link project in early 2014.

Stephen will be joining us for some days over the October Holiday Club to meet our members and get a feel for all that FUN does. Fingers crossed you will get the chance to meet and chat to him there.

For more information regarding the Link Project, please feel free to call me on 07880 404 330.

New lifeguard for Keech Swim Session

We would also like to welcome on board Danyal Iqbal who will be joining our lifeguarding team, working at the Keech Swim sessions as from Saturday 26 October.

On behalf of all Trustees, Staff, Volunteers, Members and Young people I would like to wish them both well in their new positions.

Staffing Update

Ron Overton has left Families United Network with immediate effect.  We thank him for his contribution and we can reassure our members, supporters and colleagues that the Board and Staff are continuing to provide the high quality services that our members need.

This week we have been interviewing a high standard of applicants for the Link & Youth Services Coordinator.  We will keep you informed on the progress of this new and exciting project.

If you have any questions then please give the office a call.

Comedy Night in Dunstable

And a FUN time was had by all!

The Comedy Night  3rd October 2013

The Comedians!

The Comedy Night last night was a fantastic event and raised over £1100 for Families United Network.

Organised once again by Julia and Brian Higgins, with support from the FUN office and especially Diane Rhodes, we were treated to a show featuring a number of Brian’s pals and contacts who gave us a great night. Check out the photo. Thanks to all who organised it, to the many members and others who came and to everyone who contributed.

Volunteer for FUN

Volunteering for FUN this summer

We could never run our Summer Holiday Clubs that stretch over the long hot summer holiday period, without the sterling support of our volunteers.

On all our Summer Holiday Club days this summer, a merry band of volunteers have worked tirelessly with our paid staff – Jenni and Jamie – and their contribution is priceless.

At a recent Summer Holiday Club day we spoke to some FUN volunteers. Play Assistant, Rachel (pictured above) told us: “I’ve been working at FUN for eight years now. It’s a brilliant place for me and it’s an amazing place for families. We support children to play on the bouncy castle and use our sensory room..we also help kids play with their siblings and we just have a lot of fun together!”

And Sunya said: “FUN is about spending time with children of lots of different abilities and allowing them to have fun as well as being with their friends. There’s no discrimination… so you can really be yourself here in a very comfortable and friendly environment.”

I’ve been volunteering for a year and it’s been a really good experience. I’m a lot more comfortable with the children now, they know me and I know their names.

My work with FUN will go on my personal statement for uni where I’m studying psychology…my work with children with special needs will really help, especially as I’m thinking about becoming an educational psychologist.”

Why volunteer?

There are plenty of reasons for volunteering for FUN, or any community organisation in your local neighbourhood, for that matter.

Volunteering could assist your university/college application, bolster your CV, impress a new employer at interview or may even help with a research paper for a qualification.

Those are all solid reasons for getting involved, but many of our volunteers spend a lot of their spare time with FUN because they want to make a difference…to  the young people they support, to the parents, and to their local community.

If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch.

Our Youngest Skydiver – Lewis Holmes

Lewis is 16 years old, and brother to Lily Holmes.  Lewis wanted to do a skydive for his sisters favourite place – FUN.

Lewis raised an incredible £250.00 for FUN. Thank you to everyone who sponsored him

Well done Lewis.

What a tri-athlon!

keith and katie Aug 2013

Congratulations to Keith Diaper and Katie Blair

Keith and Katie swam, ran and cycled their way to our offices last Friday 17th August, raising over £2500 in the process, with 50% going to FUN!

They were welcomed with balloons and bunting and a big cheer by a small crowd (!) – they did arrive at 9pm at night after an exhausting but triumphant day.

Well done Keith and Katie – and thank you.

If you would like to follow their example and raise some funds for us, please ring our Fundraising Officer, Cassie Whitworth, on 07880 404329.

Sarah’s Cycle Challenge

On Sunday 30 June Sarah Walker cycled 60K in a Cycle Challenge Race at the Woburn Cycletta raising funds for FUN. Sarah completed the course in 3 hours 16 minutes (with three stops along the way).

Victoria Pendleton started the cycle race and there were over 700 ladies participating in 3 different races. The weather was amazing and the scenery in Woburn and the surrounding villages was beautiful.

Most importantly Sarah  raised £470 for FUN. She might do it again sometime, but only if her legs have recovered!

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