Aviva Community Fund Project

Watch our exciting video!!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atHwSKKfKas

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If you can spare a couple of minutes out of your day please can you check out our new exciting Aviva community funds project and vote for us! We’re really looking forward to what this project could do for the charity and our community so please share it with your family and friends.

Registration link:
Voting link:

Please be patient with Aviva as the links to register and vote can be extremely busy.


Charity Quiz Night!!!


Alternatives Charity Quiz Night raised an amazing £919.20!!!

Thank you to all those local businesses that helped support the event by donating raffle prizes.


Fundraising Success!!!


Our very dedicated volunteer Cherie Hammond has kindly taken part in this years 10k run at the Grand East Anglia Run in Kings Lynn on 30th April 2017.

Cherie managed to run the race in just 1 hour 24 minutes and raised £50 for Alternatives to help support the ongoing work we do here.

Well done Cherie!!!




Education Update – May 2017

We had had a very busy and successful few terms since being employed in February.

We were delighted that we were able to secure funding in order to support the production of our year six pupil packs, thank you to all those involved. So far this year we have presented our six-hour sex and relationship education tutorials to six schools with nine more still to go. We currently have a team of seven alternating and going into primary schools and are pleased to welcome Carys Vaughan and Carolyn Mahan to our presenting staff this year.

We are thrilled that, having brought forward a proposal as to how ASET will continue, the trustees have agreed we can employ a primary presenter for the next academic year; we hope to expand our reach but also access more Stamford schools. This appointment will also enable us to develop the secondary presentations we have on offer in order to address current needs, as well as being a good source of income and enabling us to further professionalise and future-proof our work.

We are continuing to develop excellent relationships with local secondary education bringing presentations on consent, sexual health and pornography in addition to the centre-staffed drop-ins. We also hope to pursue a specialised programme working with students with additional needs later this year. We have enjoyed presenting our tailor-made presentation on self-esteem and social media at a school, and are delighted that this has also been adopted by an additional school, who we will present to next month. We would like to expand this presentation further, developing a complimentary presentation focused on boys and their identity.

For slightly older students we are hoping to develop a presentation on healthy relationships in order to help to address Ofsted’s acknowledgement that secondary school’s sex education is often focused on the mechanics of reproduction rather than in the context of healthy relationships. In addition we would like to develop a presentation on maintaining good mental health and healthy coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety, in conjunction with Mind Space Stamford.

As I’m sure you can appreciate, all these plans are dependant on funding and if you have access to any additional expertise/funding in relation to these areas, please do get in touch, we very much appreciate your support. In addition, if you have any school-links that we can utilise then please put us in touch. We are currently sending out a survey to assess schools’ interests and would love to ensure our work is meeting local needs. Our new e-mail address and telephone contact number can be found below.

 We hope all our work will continue to empower the young people we come into contact with to make healthy life-choices that will secure their identities and help them to appreciate their true worth. Thank you once again for your support, please continue to pray for schools to be receptive to our contact.

Gemma Holbird and Sarah Jane Sauntson (Education Managers)

E-mail: education@alternativesstamford.co.uk

Mobile: 07413 397980


Charity Table Tots 2017

Saturday 4th March  Saturday 6th May   Saturday 1st July

10am-12pm @ Bluecoat Primary School, Stamford, PE9 1HE

 Ticket Entry £1 and Tables cost £10.

What you sell is yours to keep – please call/email us if you would like to participate.

Table Tots 4th March


Summer fundraising successes

Stamford festival parade

Alternatives took part in the Stamford Festival Parade of Floats on a lovely summers day in July. Volunteers Kate Butler and Bea Cole carried the banner followed by more volunteers and their kids dressed as daisies to raise awareness of Alternatives work with local families.

Fund Raising and Events Manager Laura Hudson-Luff ran a raffle stall and raised £130.



Later on in July, Laura and Kate took part in a skydiving challenge and raised an amazing £700!

If you are interested in donating, you can still drop in donations to the office.



Alternatives Sky Diving Event 23rd July

Skydive Sibson

Alternatives is excited to announce their sky diving event at Sibson Airfield on 23rd July.

Anyone who wants to join in and jump with us should follow this link : http://skydivesibson.co.uk/charity_event/alternatives/

We would love to see lots of faces cheering us on at the airfield so if you are free please come along and watch. It’s an all day event on 23rd July.

Without the support of fundraising events like this we would not be able to continue the work we do. Please sponsor our skydivers for as little as a £1 at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/alternativesstamfordskydive/300475





Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win


Alternatives is running lots of fundraising raffles this coming quarter.

We are running a condom raffle with Stamford College (the winner gets a month’s supply of condoms).

Plus our Clothes and Equipment Library is running a raffle for a chance to win a free sitting with Shutterbox photography.

We are really excited about our new FUNdraising ideas!!!

Pop in to the centre to buy a square


Big thanks to record-breaking volunteers

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This first quarter has been a record breaking month for our lovely volunteers who gave more of their time than ever before. Our volunteers contributed 232 hours in January and February alone.

We have many dedicated volunteers working hard in all different areas of Alternatives:

  • Three specialist clothes and equipment advisors
  • Three fully trained Journey advisors supporting clients through baby loss
  • Three FPA trained unintended pregnancy advisors
  • Six volunteers trained in C-card, chlamydia testing and pregnancy testing
  • Five education volunteers attending schools presenting sex and relationships education programmes.

Without the work of these generous people Alternatives could not continue to do the work its doing in our community!


Due to the dedication of our volunteers we are able to offer our services are free of charge.

If you would like to support the work of Alternatives please consider becoming a ‘Friend of Alternatives’.



New SRE training course with FPA and City College Peterborough

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Alternatives ASET are launching a new training course in conjunction with City College Peterborough.

We will be recruiting new volunteers and presenters to the centre and are offering training in FPA’s ‘Delivering Sex Education in the Classrooms’ course as well as Lincolnshire C-card training and Safeguarding training with NSPCC. We have been awarded incredibly generous funding from City College Peterborough in order to run these new courses.

Once all of our candidates are trained they will be part of the ASET relaunch for academic year 2016/17 and will assist ASET in spreading Sex and Relationship Education across our local community. They will be ready to take on lots of projects across the schools and colleges and age groups ranging from Year 5 to Higher Education.

We are extremely proud to be able to deliver quality presenters in this field.

If you would be interested in joining our new and exciting team please contact Laura on 01780 765853 or email office@alternativesstamford.co.uk

There are 8 course dates spread throughout April-September and we will cover any travel costs. All presentations are during school hours and term time. We are looking for volunteers who have time to offer and a passion for sex and relationship education in the classroom.


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