[PRE-ORDER] Raffle Tickets - Hampstead Mums Spring Fayre

We have had an overwhelming response by local businesses with requests for Raffle Donations. We have OVER £2000 of Raffle Prizes.

1. Hampstead Kitchen - Private Dining Experience, worth £500

2. Sunshine Playgroup - Summer Term Book of Classes, worth £200

3. Monkey Music - Free Term of Classes, worth £160


£1 = 1 Raffle Ticket

£5 = 7 Raffle Tickets

£10= 15 Raffle Tickets


To Pre-Order the tickets, please follow the instructions:

1) Fill out the form

Name *

2) Send payment to Cocoon Family Support's Bank Account.

Account Name: Cocoon Family Support

Account Number: 01682407

Sort Code: 40-03-02

3) Go to the Raffle Stall on the day to pick up your tickets.


Old People's Lunch - Christmas 2015

Its the second time I've volunteered at the Old People's Lunch, and this time I wanted to make the ladies a gift as many of them have said they have no one to spend Christmas with. I thought that was the least I can do... I made Candy Santa Sleighs which worked also as table decorations.

candy santa sleigh st lukes kentish town lunch

Volunteering hours is normally between 11-2.30/3. 11-12 is set up time; putting plates, cutlery, bread butter etc out. Sorting out hot water boiler and making up the coffee. At 12, the ladies (I keep saying ladies, sorry, although it's not gender specific. I think there were only 2 elderly men at the lunch both times) arrive, so we start taking them to the tables, offering drinks, generally being chatty.

I should note that throughout the entire time I'm there, my daughter is able to free range, and play with the toys there; there is a fantastic wagon she loves to be dragged around in, there's an art easel and also numerous boxes of toys as they host lots of kids groups at St Lukes Church. So please don't worry about your child(ren) not sitting still; it's not expected, and the children running around adds to the vibrancy of the setting. In fact, I think the old people (also, thats what St Lukes Church calls the event, in case I get in trouble for not being politically correct) prefer seeing the kids anyway, than talking to us mums. 

st lukes kentish town hampstead mums christmas

After a while of chatting, the food will arrive and the volunteers need to help dish out and serve.  Once the guests all have their food, then the volunteers can get their own and join them to eat. It's quite relaxed, but at the same time we are trying to look after the guests and make them feel special. Make sure everyone has enough of everything etc.

Once the food has been cleared away, we bring over the fruit and biscuit and go for a natter. At this point my daughter normally zones out, but she sat through the pantomime this time (She fell asleep during the old time sing song during the previous lunch).  The ladies doing the panto were adorable, and even gave all the children a goody bag at the end of the show.

And also, how's this for a punchline:

"I'm the town crier... *in tears* I cry for the town"

Englands Lane Hostel: Can we help?

So you may recall that I mentioned Englands Lane has no WiFi. Whilst this is isn't great, I have since talked to my contact at England's Lane hostel and she has other (arguably more pertinent) ideas on ways we can help.

Laundrette Situation

laundrette englands lane hostel hampstead mums

From my understanding, there is a laundry room in the Englands Lane hostel. However, residents weren't taking care of it (as so often happens when a lot of people use a shared facility). It now no longer functions, and there are no plans to get it fixed. Residents are now taking their laundry to the laundrette which adds another £15 or so per week to their bills. It is not possible to hand wash and dry clothes in their already cramped rooms.

Our plan is for my contact to introduce a voluntary clear up rota. They will have to clean up and check the laundry room is in a decent state, fluff removed from drier, doors left open to let the air out etc. Once a rota is in place, we can commit some cash to get the washing machines fixed.

Again, anyone with any thoughts or expertise in the situation - please chime up. 

Local Employment

englands lane hostel employment hampstead mums

Is there a way we can utilise the great skills the residents at the hostel? My contact noticed that a lot of the posts on the Hampstead Mums facebook group is from people looking for childcare or cleaners. Can we employ the residents? My contact has worked with many high level establishments and can provide some training. Are there other training courses we can help the residents get onto for free/low cost?

It just goes back to the "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" quote. Of course there is the financial side, but also we can help the residents feel confident, and let them know they are more than capable of creating an income. My contact is happy to go through the references and training, essentially acting as an agency (without the fees), and I would publicise it via the Hampstead Mums channels.

Again, anyone with any thoughts or expertise in the situation - please chime up. 


Warm winter clothing for women and children

coat drive share warmth englands lane hampstead mums

As the cold weather kicks in, we would appreciate donations of any warm clothes/coats.