Home start marks spe­cial birth­day

West Lothian Courier - - 11.10.2018 -

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

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