Helping Home-Start give vital support to Elmbridge families
Every year, Home-Start Elmbridge supports around 140 local families. Their experienced team, which includes 50 volunteers, provide emotional and practical support to families with young children who are experiencing isolation, post-natal depression and physical or mental health issues.
We are delighted to continue supporting their vital work through a three-year community grant of £60,000. This core funding grant will help cover office, administration and support staff costs, expenditure which many other grant-makers won’t fund.
Carol Hodges, Scheme Director, said “This funding is a substantial amount providing longevity to our core services. It provides our charity with the security to maintain and build on services as required. Families are not only having to cope with coming out of COVID restrictions but rising living costs. The number of families struggling emotionally has increased so this support is invaluable”.
Home-Start’s holistic approach provides families with crisis support, ongoing counselling and help with caring for family members facing illness. Their parenthood support groups also provide invaluable peer support to local families.
“Both of my Home-Start volunteers were open, warm and more than happy to help in any way I needed. They were never pushy, always very positive and seemed to adore my kids. Home-Start Elmbridge was there for me when I was struggling really badly”.