Home-Start Warrington is our first charity of the month for 2018 and was nominated by Becky Scully.
The charity works with disadvantaged children and young families in Warrington, supporting them to be healthy, stay safe, be happy, make a positive contribution to society and achieve economic well-being.
Based in the Smile Centre in Orford, Home-Start helped to support 127 families in 2017 which included 287 children.
Volunteer workers are given a 10 week course of preparation to arm them with the advice and information they will need to support a family.
Family homes are visited for three hours a week and the support is tailor-made to the needs of parents and children.
Development Officer Chris Murphy said: “Recent studies have shown that up to 80% of children are likely to replicate the family and social situation they are brought up in. Home-Start helps vulnerable families to break that cycle and educate children to avoid a path that could lead to unemployment, teenage pregnancy, crime, drug/alcohol abuse, depression or homelessness.
“Families need our support for a variety of reasons. They can be isolated, suffering from mental health issues or post-natal depression, be single parents, suffer alcohol or drug abuse or are the victims of domestic violence.”
More than 70% of the families receiving help come from the deprived areas of town like Bewsey, Dallam, Latchford and Longford and support is given to an average of 50 families a week.
Said Chris: “We have 40 active volunteers, but we’re always looking for more and provide the training they need to support those who come to us for help. Anyone wanting to volunteer should call us on 01925 652320 or 576100.
“Gifts like this are hugely important because we get no central government funding at all, just a small grant from Warrington Borough Council.
“We have to raise all our funds ourselves so if it wasn’t for generous donations like this from Gladstone Brookes we simply couldn’t carry on the work we do.”