Funds secured to Bridge the Gap for vulnerable women

Home-Start Arun, Worthing & Adur and My Sisters' House are working together to ensure that women who have experienced any sort of domestic abuse are seamlessly supported. The work was boosted this week with confirmation of a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery.

Home-Start supports families with young children across the Arun district with a trained volunteer matched with a local family and the services of My Sisters' House often complement the support parents receive from Home-Start. Parents who are going through challenging times, can access both services including; one to one support in their home, an introduction to a range of support groups and steps to employment training. My Sisters’ House support groups are peer led and include help for mums with eating disorders, mental ill health and confidence building.

The National Lottery grant will ensure a smooth transition between support services for mums who have historically faced some form of domestic abuse or are currently in this situation. Mums may be lacking in confidence to reach out for support. Mums often experience anxiety, depression and eating disorders when in this situation and My Sisters’ House run support groups to help women tackle these issues. Both community organisations have high levels of demand with 422 women gaining support during 2018. This is an increase on women supported in 2017 and numbers are set to rise in 2019 with greater local awareness of the services available.

Bridget Richardson, Home-Start Manager said;
"Our work to support vulnerable families is often intensive with complex issues to deal with. Mum always wants to do her best for her children and that can lead to really tough decisions. This funding will enable a more robust support for the mum between the two complementary services to help her recovery and build a brighter, safer and happier future for her family. We are excited to be working with colleagues at My Sisters’ House for the benefit of our mums and their children."

My Sisters' House run a weekly programme of support sessions from their Bognor Regis base including peer led training, practical and emotional support groups, opportunities to talk and resolve problems together. A buddy scheme will start in February to support women to access both services for their benefit. Women demonstrate increased confidence, self esteem and ability to make good choices for their family with the support of the staff and peers.

Julie Budge, My Sisters’ House Chief Executive said;
"We are delighted to develop a formal partnership with Home-Start to support more local women in need. These funds will absolutely bridge the gap between the services on offer for mums. We believe that this joint working will bring better outcomes for mums to get their lives back on track and have hope for the future. We thank the National Lottery players for this grant."

If you are interested to give your time to this work, you can contact Home-Start in the first instance, on 01903 889707 or take a look at the Facebook pages. If you would like to donate to enhance this grant, please go to the websites.