As the autumn term is in full swing, Home-Start Arun, Worthing and Adur is acutely aware of the rising numbers of local families in need. With shorter days, poorer weather, the need for the heating to go on, concern over money and bills and the impending festive season pressures, Home-Start is calling for the local community – individuals or companies - to match funds from the Big Lottery Fund to support more families.
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Chairman Mr Pete Crowe says
“Our families need support to prevent crisis when the pressure is even greater as we head towards Christmas. Families are struggling to cope with increasing demands of complex family life, often away from their own family support network and we can help. With more funds we can help more families, it’s as simple as that!”
Home Start Arun, Worthing and Adur is a charity run by local people to transform the life chances of children in our community. We recruit, train and support volunteers to work alongside families in their own home or a group setting where more appropriate. Working to give children the best possible start in life, we support parents to grow in confidence, develop and strengthen the relationship with their child(ren) and widen links with the local community.
Through home-visiting and group work, volunteers respond to each family’s individual needs to help them manage the stresses and strains of bringing up a young family when things get tough. Trained parent volunteers provide confidential, non-judgemental, practical and emotional support to help build family confidence and introduce coping strategies.
Mrs Bridget Richardson, Scheme Manager says
“Our families face all kinds of challenges with mental ill health, disability, debt and isolation. With funding from the Big Lottery Fund every pound given will become two pounds for local family support. We want to raise £20,000 before Christmas. Please help us to support more families going through tough times by donating online at www.home-startarun.org.uk .
Home-Start Arun was established in 1999 and is a registered charity no. 1132416. Home-Start raises all its’ own funding and supports over 120 families in any one year.
Over half of families worked with had mental health needs
A quarter of families were supported with managing debt and financial help
Less than one third of families were lone parents
41% of families were referred to Home-Start by Health Visitors