Do­na­tions are mak­ing real dif­fer­ence

Home-start, a char­ity sup­port­ing fam­i­lies in need, ex­plains the im­por­tance ...

Stockport Times West - - HOME-START WITH SARAH COOK - To find out more about ways to support Home-Start, visit the na­tional web­site www. home-start.org.uk or call 0800 068 6368.

AT a time when the vol­un­tary sec­tor faces cuts from statu­tory fund­ing, there has never been a more vi­tal time for busi­nesses and in­di­vid­ual fundrais­ers to support their lo­cal char­i­ties.

Across Greater Manch­ester, Home-Start has been very for­tu­nate – we have great lo­cal support that comes in many forms.

Many of the HomeS­tarts or­gan­ise Christ­mas par­ties for their sup­ported fam­i­lies and vol­un­teers. (those that do not hold a Christ­mas party sim­ply do not have the funds).

With statu­tory fund­ing tar­geted on train­ing vol­un­teers to of­fer front line support to fam­i­lies, some­times there is very lit­tle left over for ex­tra ac­tiv­i­ties such as a Christ­mas party or a day trip in the sum­mer for par­ents and chil­dren.

Although Home-Start sup­ports fam­i­lies for many rea­sons – iso­la­tion, dis­abil­ity and mul­ti­ple births to name but a few – lots of fam­i­lies here in Greater Manch­ester are liv­ing in poverty.

The Christ­mases that many Home-Start chil­dren have are not the same as Christ­mases of other chil­dren.

We just want to do our bit to make this fes­tive pe­riod spe­cial for th­ese young­sters, to give them an ex­pe­ri­ence to en­joy and to re­mem­ber.

Cor­po­rate and in­di­vid­ual do­na­tions help make that hap­pen for us.

Lo­cal busi­nesses some­times do­nate shop vouch­ers, toys and cakes to their lo­cal Home-Start for Christ­mas par­ties and we ap­pre­ci­ate this im­mensely.

Some Home-Starts have also re­cently had great support from the Hal­i­fax Bank, which pro­vided vol­un­teers to help makeover a fam­ily’s home with a day of DIY.

The dif­fer­ence this has made is in­cred­i­ble and one mum said: “This make over has made my life worth liv­ing again.”

When you hear com­ments like that, it con­firms the fact that so much of what Home-Start achieves could not be re­alised with­out fund­ing, do­na­tions and gifts.

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