Home-Start East Lindsey helps record number of families

Home-Start East Lindsey has seen an increase of 70 per cent in the number of families looking for support since it launched an awareness campaign last summer.

Now the charity is recruiting more parent home-visiting volunteers.

At the same time as Home-Start East Lindsey is supporting more and more families, schemes in other areas have had to close their doors due to lack of funding.

Tony Horne, Chair of the Board of Trustees who are responsible for the continued funding of the scheme, explained: “The recent closure of other local Home-Start schemes, such as North Lincolnshire and Hull due to a loss of statutory funding has left many families without support in their area.

“In East Lindsey, we have had many concerned families and volunteers asking us if we too are facing closure but we are fortunately in a stronger position since, although we too have faced cuts in funding from our county council, we have been able to secure alternative funding sources such as the Big Lottery Fund and now have a strong team of volunteer community fundraisers.

“Although funding is a constant challenge for all of us, here in East Lindsey we are currently able to support more families and are actively recruiting more volunteers.”

Home-Start East Lindsey is looking at supporting over 170 families this year across East Lindsey. Families have asked for support for a range of different reasons, such as facing isolation living in rural areas or struggling with managing their finances. The recent ‘Here for you and your children’ campaign aimed at letting families know they could request support themselves led to self-referrals more than doubling since its launch.

Home-Start East Lindsey is now increasing its volunteer recruitment to meet the numbers of referrals it is receiving each month. Home-visiting volunteers are matched with a family and will visit them for a couple of hours each week.

For details call 01507 610665, visit www.home-starteastlindsey.co.uk or see www.facebook/homestarteastlindsey.

Volunteers support parents to increase their confidence, reduce their isolation and help them enjoy spending time as a family to help give children the best possible start in life. Apart from experience of being a parent, no experience is needed to be a home-visiting volunteers but you need to be able to offer flexible and reliable support with a friendly and relaxed attitude.

Being reliant on statutory funding in the current financial crisis leaves the scheme vulnerable to closure so it has increased its community fundraising activity over the last year.

Community fundraising volunteers have helped to raise over £15,000 this year which is vital to continuing support for families at a time when it is needed more and more.

If you would like to join the group of fundraisers, either with ideas and help with the organisation of events or helping out for a couple of hours at an event they would love to hear from you.