Home-Start Bracknell Forest


Support and friendship for families

Home-Start Bracknell Forest

Support and friendship for families


There are plenty of ways of fundraising for us, with individual challenges, company events or donations to name but a few.  Take a look at what is happening right now in terms of raising funds.

Corporate Sponsorship

The Southern Co-operative’s new food store on Forest Road, Binfield chose Home_Start Bracknell Forest for its community engagement programme, ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’. This initiative addresses four key social themes, as identified by a survey of over 4,000 members and colleagues, for promoting: ‘Greener Neighbourhoods’, ‘Healthier Neighbourhoods’, ‘Safer Neighbourhoods’, and ‘More Inclusive Neighbourhoods’.  We received a cheque for £500 when the store was officially opened and received further funding from them at the end of our year with the scheme.

Corporate sponsorship can bring many benefits to a company and even small donations can make a big difference to our scheme. If your company would like to contribute to the work of Home-Start Bracknell Forest we would love to hear from you! We would also be happy to come and speak to your staff about the role we play and how they could help.  In the past, companies have sponsored special events such as our children’s Christmas party,  or they have  made an unrestricted donation which we put towards our core work. Can you help by sponsoring us? Please contact us.

Ways you can donate

There are a variety of schemes we are signed up to, to help raise funds. Some of them allow you to donate, and also allow us to recover gift aid. But not everything requires you to make a direct donation. The Giving Machine allows you to make donations to us without costing you a penny, every time you do online shopping. Details are below. Have you ever thought about how much you spend online these days?

Personal Giving

If you would like to support us on a regular basis then please contact us and we can arrange to set up a direct debit with you.  If you are a UK tax payer you can also Gift Aid your donation.  Gift Aid Form 2015


BT MyDonate

MyDonate is a not-for-profit, online fundraising service for UK charities from BT. This service provides a secure, easy-to-use way for millions of people to raise money for their favourite charity, including Home-Start Bracknell Forest.  If you are thinking of fundraising for us and are setting up a fundraising page, please use this site as we do not pay any fees!. Click on the icon below to visit our page at BT MyDonate.



Local Giving

This is a cost effective way to donate to us during their match funding events.  Keep an eye on our facebook page to see when that is happening.

Visit our Local Giving page

The Giving Machine

Shop Online and Raise Money for Home-Start Bracknell Forest!
Have you heard about The Giving Machine yet? It’s the easiest way to help raise money for Home-Start Bracknell Forest! If you already shop online with retailers such as Amazon, Play.com, John Lewis, eBay, Sainsbury’s and Next, then we need you to sign up for free to raise money while you shop!

So how does it work?

  • You join for free and choose up to four causes to support.
  • You generate commissions by shopping online (we work with over 1,500 retailers including Amazon, Play.com, John Lewis, eBay, Sainsbury’s and Next).
  • We convert your commissions into donations for your chosen causes.  You’re raising funds for free!

 What do we get back?

  • Our supporters join to shop online through The Giving Machine, creating a new income stream at no extra cost – to you or them.
  • Every time a supporter buys something online via a link on TheGivingMachine, they convert the sales commission they generate into a donation for their chosen charity.

Find out more about the Giving Machine.

Anyone who shops regularly online can sign up to TheGivingMachine and nominate Home-Start Bracknell Forest as a beneficiary and for just one extra click each time you shop, we will benefit by up to 6% of your purchases at no extra cost you. You can go directly to our page and sign up by clicking on the icon below.

Thank you for your support

Learn more about our sponsors


Over the last year we have also had the following people raising money for us.

The Home-Start Hikers

Julie, our Administrator, and her friend Neil, decided for their 50th Birthdays last year they would put together a team of people to walk the 3 Peaks Challenge.  If you don’t know what this is, it is a walk of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdonia, completed in 24 hours! Julie and Neil were joined by Neil’s wife Maeve, Julie’s sister-in-law, Vicky, and friends Julia,  Jim and not forgetting the all-important drivers Neal and Mark.  The challenge was completed on 1st July in Wales in an impressive 27 hours and they raised around £4,500 between them!

Zofia Modelska

Zofia was a Mum we supported recently and last year completed Wokingham Half Marathon ,  Reading Half Marathon , Brighton Marathon and  Bracknell Half Marathon.

Brian Conner

Brian Conner ran last year’s London Marathon in aid of Home Start. and raised over £1,200!   Brian wanted to support the local community and chose to raise money for Bracknell Forest Home Start so that they can keep their valued and fantastic work supporting families in the local area.

Home-Start Hikers

Fundraising Events

We are always happy to offer help and support to individuals or companies looking to hold fundraising events on our behalf. From tea parties to quiz nights to sponsored walks, there are many ways to raise funds to support our work. If you have any great ideas about fundraising events please contact us on 01344 860 025 or send us an email through our contact us page.