Home start marks special birthday
a West Lothian organisation dedicated to helping local families has enjoyed a landmark birthday celebration.
Home-start West Lothian celebrated 18 years of making a difference to West Lothian families going through a period of difficulty at their recent annual general Meeting (agM).
in the last 18 years, Home-start West Lothian has supported over 1,000 local families with at least one child under five-years old, including 2,000 children, through a combination of home-visiting volunteers, group work and tailored support from staff.
past and present Home-start families and volunteers joined staff, trustees, elected members, funders and West Lothian College staff for the event at the College’s Executive suite to reflect on what the organisation does, the difference it makes, and how to ensure it remains relevant to families living in the area.
Home-start manager allie Cherry-Byrnes said:“it was fantastic to have current and previous parents and volunteers along to give their input to our discussion, ensuring that Home-start West Lothian remains relevant to the needs of families in West Lothian.
“thanks to everyone who supported the event, including: West Lothian College for providing the venue and crèche; West Lothian Council; volunteer delyth Macdonald for baking the delicious cakes; and parent Charlene gibney for being our official photographer.”
a special presentation was made to retired council senior social worker paula roots MBE, who was instrumental in setting Home-start West Lothian up and stepped down as trustee with Home-start West Lothian at the agM, to focus on other commitments.
paula delivered the key note speech and spoke about Home-start’s crucial role in supporting families and in some cases, preventing family breakdown.
allie Cherry-Byrnes added:“We would like to thank paula for all her hard work and support over the last 18 years to Home-start West Lothian. she was presented with a Myrtle tree, which symbolises love, harmony and joy, encapsulating the relationship between Home-start West Lothian and the 1,000 families that the organisation has supported since 2000, and those which we will support in the future.”
Celebration HomeStart WL trustee Paula Roots MBE cuts the birthday cake