Home-Start is a charity which believes the best start in life for a child begins at home with their family. To us, every family is special and our volunteers work with families in their own homes to help them cope when times get tough. Strong families raise happy children, helping them grow up to be the better parents of tomorrow. Home-Start wants to see a society in which every parent has the support they need in order to give their child the best start in life.
Over the last two days I have met with key trustees and taken national guidance to ensure that we have thoroughly and rigorously thought through our offer of support to families in the light of the Coronavirus risks.
We will continue to support all our Family Group and 1-2-1 home supported families through this difficult time. We recognise that many of our families are vulnerable in many ways. We have 70 families receiving support at this time and 48 active support volunteers, and we may be their only support.
We have adapted our service to ensure continued support to families, whilst looking after our volunteers and staff. Having conducted a business continuity plan and risk assessment for our insurers, this is how we are currently responding:
Referrals for new families needing support will be received as normal and triaged by Charlotte Simmons, Senior Organiser, as is our usual process. Families meeting our referral criteria will be offered telephone support until the isolation phase is lifted.
We will continue to work in this way until any advice changes. We are confident that these business continuity methods will provide sustainable support for an uncertain future for our families and the safety of our volunteers and staff.
Please reach me at the office (01903 889707) or email me if you have any specific comments or queries, Bridget@home-startawa.org.uk
Many thanks for your support and co-operation.
Chief Executive Officer
So if you live in Arun, Worthing or Adur District and think you may be in need of our help, call us in confidence today on 01903 889707, talk to your Health Visitor, or click here to send us a message.
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Home-Start Arun, Worthing and Adur has local volunteers at the core of support for families and winning the Sussex Life Award for Services to the Community in October 2018 makes them a top volunteering charity in the county. Mrs Daphne Beard was the first registered volunteer in 1999 when the scheme started in Arun. Here she shares her experience and lifelong love of Home-Start's valuable work to celebrate national Volunteers’ Week 2019.
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