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James Cleverly MP Visits Play Out Nursery in Steeple Bumpstead Image
Local MP, James Cleverly, popped into the Play Out Nursery in Steeple Bumpstead on Friday, following its recent rebrand from Blois Meadow Day Nursery, to meet with staff, parents and most importantly the children.
Ormiston Families host Walk with a Fork Norfolk at Walsingham Abbey Image
Ormiston Families, East of England’s leading family charity is inviting local families, walkers and food lovers to join them for a special day with a twist, at Walsingham Abbey.
Mpower Great Yarmouth project receives funding for another two years Image
Our Mpower service in Great Yarmouth has been awarded more than £100,000 to run for a further two years.
Ormiston Families invites local families to its Santa day at Boston Lodge  Image
Ormiston Families’ Boston Lodge is hosting a Santa day on Saturday 1 December to raise funds to run projects and support groups for local children and young people.
Ormiston Families Breaking Barriers service secures £105,000 from BBC Children in Need Image
Our Breaking Barriers project has been awarded £105,000 by Children in Need over the next three years to help support children and young people across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Essex.
Ormiston Families launches Christmas campaign to support local families facing a difficult time Image
Our new Christmas campaign has launched, featuring mascot Penelope Penguin. The campaign offers the community a festive fundraising resources pack including 12 fundraising ideas, a festive greetings sign-up sheet, a poster and how to guide. There is also a sweepstake that allows people to guess the colour of Penelope’s hat, scarf and mitts.
Chatteris and Villages Children Centre awarded £250 Image
Ormiston Families Chatteris and Villages Children Centre has been been awarded £250 from the Jacks Support Scheme.
East of England Co-op have become our headline sponsor for A Christmas Carol by John Bromley-Davenport  Image
Ran in association with the East of England Co-op and taking place on Sunday 9 December at Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge, John Bromley-Davenport will use the power of language, humour, joy and pathos to delight the audience to great effect. The acclaimed production has enraptured spectators for over 30 years on both sides of the Atlantic.
A Christmas Carol by John Bromley-Davenport Image
The East of England’s leading family charity, Ormiston Families, is inviting theatre enthusiasts the chance to watch an adapted version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in a solo performance by world renowned actor and public speaker, John Bromley-Davenport.
Ormiston Families hosts prison system lecture at Cambridge University’s Fitzwilliam College Image
The East of England’s leading family charity, Ormiston Families, is holding its annual lecture at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge on Tuesday 23 October at 6pm. The lecture will be delivered by Professor Nicola Padfield on ‘what’s going on in the parole (and prison) system?’
Ormiston Families host teenage mental health talk with counsellor and author, Janey Downshire. Image
The East of England’s leading family charity is holding a special evening event on teenage mental health and what parents can do to help their children.
Walk with a Fork reaches £50,000 milestone for local children and young people  Image
East of England’s leading family charity, Ormiston Families, held their sixth annual Walk with a Fork event over the weekend, raising more than £6,000 to support local children and young people facing complex life challenges.
Boston Lodge secures Big Lottery Funding for the local community  Image
Ormiston Families’ Boston Lodge has been awarded £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to help with the running costs of the building and remain the heart of the community.
Join our team! Image
Come to our recruitment event on Wednesday 12th September from 5pm-7pm to learn more about the roles available in our children’s centre working with 0-5 year olds and our preschool working with children aged 2 to 4 years.
Local companies sought to tee off for charity Image
Ormiston Families and the Jude Brady Foundation have joined together to host a Charity Golf Day at Woodbridge Golf Club on Monday 22 October, with all profits donated to the two charities.
A Spotlight On Your Business Image
Ormiston Families, the East of England’s leading family charity, supporting children, young people and families to manage the challenges they face and improve their life chances, is looking for a number of corporate partners to sponsor its forthcoming events
Walk With A Fork for Suffolk’s leading family charity  Image
Ormiston Families are holding their sixth annual Walk With A Fork event this September, with all proceeds going to support children and young people in the East of England facing complex life challenges.
Ex-offender volunteers to help others on probation in the community  Image
The East of England’s leading family charity, Ormiston Families, is celebrating Volunteers’ Week with ex-offender Liz Ellis due to finish volunteering for their five-week Transforming Rehabilitation programme at Centenary House in Norwich.
Ormiston Families appoints a new Chief Executive Image
The East of England’s leading family charity, Ormiston Families, is pleased to announce Allan Myatt as the new Chief Executive.
Mother of five defies medics to take part in the London Marathon Image
A 49-year-old mother of five is defying medics and taking part in this year’s London Marathon in aid of Ormiston Families Mpower project,
How our Mpower project is changing lives in East Anglia Image
It would be easy to judge Danielle, Stacy and other women whose children have been removed from their care.
When daddy can’t say goodnight Image
Ormiston Families works with fathers who are in prison to help them maintain family life. It isn’t always easy but it can be rewarding.
Celebrate Success! Image
The East of England’s leading family charity, Ormiston Families, brought together over 80 employees, volunteers, fundraisers and trustees to recognise and celebrate its successes.
Families with children in care to be given more help after funding boost Image
Our Mpower project has received more funding from a public health grant.
Small Steps Together Image
We are delighted to announce a Perinatal support service.
Volunteer readers wanted for new Story Starters project Image
Ormiston Families and national charity Beanstalk have partnered up to host Story Starters in all of Ormiston Families’ nurseries.
Ormiston Families celebrates its move into new headquarters Image
Ormiston Families have now moved into new headquarters.
Ormiston Families partnership with Lincolnshire Action Trust  Image
Ormiston Families, the East of England’s leading family charity, has partnered with the Lincolnshire Action Trust to deliver vital services in three Lincolnshire prisons.
County-wide project to support young people affected by Domestic Abuse  Image
Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite is today (5th October) announcing the details of a multi-agency project to support young people who experience domestic abuse or sexual violence.
Harvey's Story Image
We’re excited to share episode 2 of The Backstory Podcast by Claire Mutimer and Suzy Coulson. This episode features Harvey, a child who has used our ‘Breaking Barriers’ service to help him deal with his father being in prison.
Walk with a Fork Suffolk! Image
Our final Walk with a Fork event this year
Ormiston Families Comment; Farmer Review Image
A report which calls on the government to strengthen family ties to help offenders turn their lives around and protect public safety, has been published today.
Mpower Evaluation Image
Professor Pamela Cox, a Historian and Sociologist at the University of Essex, evaluated our Mpower service and the Positive Choices service over 18 months in 2014-15. Mpower offers emotional support to women who have had at least one child removed from their care.
Breaking Barriers case study: Jeremy Image
Breaking Barriers intervened with Jeremy* when he was 10 years old, following his father being sent to prison.
Breaking Barriers Impact Evaluation Image
Ormiston Families’ Breaking Barriers service is making a valued contribution to the improvement of children’s emotional well-being, a new report has found.
Walk with a Fork Success Image
2017 has been a great year for our flagship ‘Walk with a Fork’ foodie extravaganzas. So far walkers in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk have ambled and devoured their way to raising a triumphant £11,000.
Singing our praises Image
We are extremely grateful to Dayspring Community Choir for raising a fantastic £2,000 for Ormiston Families.
Our six marathon runners Image
We’ve got six inspiring runners taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon in April to raise funds for our programmes and services.
The Ormiston Classic Image
Join us for a day of fun at our annual golf competition, The Ormiston Classic, on Thursday 27th April.
Walk with a Fork returns Image
Our foodie extravaganza ‘Walk with a Fork’ is back for its fifth year with three dates for 2017 in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Our five marathon runners Image
We’ve got five inspiring runners taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon this year to raise funds for our programmes and services.
Prison reform lecture by James Timpson OBE  Image
James Timpson OBE, chief executive of high-street retailer Timpson, is sharing his expertise in prison reform at our annual lecture on Wednesday 8th March at 7pm.
New Year, New Challenge? Image
Ever fancied setting yourself a challenge?
Nurture Programme Image
Ormiston Families’ Nurture Programme gives a helping hand to families with young children.
Celebrating 35 years of success Image
We marked the 35th anniversary of Ormiston Families at a special ‘Celebrate Success’ awards ceremony in Cambridge.
Hello from Mark Heasman Image
Firstly, I was delighted to finally see the unveiling of the therapeutic art project mural
Cope and Recover Image
Just last month our domestic violence ‘Cope and Recover’ programme, featured on BBC Look East
April Fundraising Update Image
Local runners gear up for marathon weekend in aid of Ormiston Families
Events Update Image
All of the exciting events we have coming up. Particularly, our flagship event, Walk with a Fork