A REDDITCH-based charity helping young families has received a bumper £420,557 grant from the National Lottery.
Home-Start North East Worcestershire, which just three years ago was fighting for survival, will use the cash to support its ‘Secure Minds’ peri-natal project.
Delighted manager Karen Jones, speaking from the charity’s Easemore Road base, said the grant would help mums suffering with ante/post natal depression and parents experiencing attachment and bonding difficulties.
“We’re really chuffed to have received such a fantastic amount of money,” said Karen.
“Childrens services and health visiting have changed so much and with other services closing this money means we can offer continued support.”
Home-Start will be working in partnership with the Koala Tree offering a bespoke service to families by offering a Perinatal Support Service, a parenting group ‘Circle of Security’ – addressing attachment and bonding difficulties, one-to-one psychological therapy, baby massage and a volunteer support service.
Home-Start supports families across Redditch and Bromsgrove and has been running since 1989.
It currently supports more than 200 families and 500 children in the area and is helped by an 88-strong team of volunteers offering non-judgmental, practical and emotional support while helping to build a family’s confidence and ability to cope.
They have seen a significant increase in their referrals since the demise of many services across the community.
The funding, from the National Lottery Community Fund, will give them the opportunity to help parents overcome what they are experiencing and give their children a better start in life.
Karen added: “We’re delighted that the National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way.
“Now, thanks to the National Lottery players we are very excited to be able to work alongside the Koala Tree to offer and develop a service to support families who need it most at the right time.”
To volunteer for Home-Start call 01527 62819 or email firstname.lastname@example.org