Home-Start Slough (HSS) hosted a special visitor from Children in Need at its Family Support Group (FSG) on July 21, to show how the grant of £110,000 given by the funders, is helping the charity.
The funding, which is spread over three years, is helping build on HSS’ core work and is focussed around improving healthy outcomes for hard to reach children.
Pam Bacon, Regional Officer from Children in Need, came to St Andrew’s Church in Slough where the weekly FSG is held and met ten families who are benefiting from support by HSS. There were also five of the charity’s volunteers and three staff members.
Pam was very impressed with the charity and advised how Home-Start Slough is leading the way in moving the core Home-Start UK service forward. She was really impressed with HSS’ project, approach and ways of working and noted that the charity’s FSG is valued by the families as they were all so pleased to be at the group, all interacting with each other and the children were clearly having a good time.
Pam met with families, volunteers, staff and trustees throughout the morning asking questions about the project and the service HSS offer.
Lesley Michaelis, Chair for Home-Start Slough, said: “We’re so very pleased that Pam enjoyed her visit to our Family Support Group and got to see first-hand how the money they awarded to us is helping families in Slough.
“The grant recognises HSS’ excellent credentials and delivery capabilities that we have been built over the past 20 years. Our project targets specific childhood health inequalities in Slough – obesity, oral health and tuberculosis.
“I would like to also thank all the staff, volunteers and families for their hard work and for making Home-Start Slough a success.
“We’re totally committed to improving the health of hard-to-reach children and we want to carry on helping to support children and young people’s physical wellbeing in Slough.”
Throughout the three-year period of funding, more than over 700 children in Slough will benefit from having early intervention and preventative management focussed on these specific issues.
The grant goes towards paying salaries and other associated costs, such as the FSG.
Home-Start Slough helps up to 100 families a year get their lives back on track due to post-natal depression, child disabilities, substance misuse, domestic violence and family bereavement.
However, there are more than 350 families at any one time who need the support of HSS, so if you would like to become a volunteer, please contact the HSS team on 01628 661029 or visit here for information about the training course starting in September.