Home-Start Bristol is celebrating as it has just been awarded £145,000 by the Big Lottery to support families with young children in South Gloucestershire. This 5 year grant will fund a new project called ‘Families on the Edge’ focussing on those areas bordering Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
Home-Start’s work has been a lifeline for many.
One of the fathers helped by a Home-Start Bristol volunteer said:
‘Having our volunteer come into our home was very important. Although it was only for a short period of time, it was perfect timing. When I was physically strained, emotionally drained – you guys were there! When my wife is fully recovered I hope someday I can do the same and give something back. Thank you so much!’
Another parent said,
‘The support came when I needed it most and it did help a lot…our volunteer was an amazing person, very friendly and helpful. It was a cordial relationship. She was approachable and easy going, not a stranger.’
As many studies suggest, the early years of a child’s life are crucially important which is why Home-Start Bristol’s ethos is to focus on working with young children and their families in these formative years. The charity’s network of volunteer parents and grandparents give 2-3 hours a week to support and offer friendship to families so that children have a much better chance of reaching their potential in later life.
Home-Start Bristol is now recruiting new volunteers to enable them to carry out this work which will commence in April next year. If you are interested please refer to the below information or contact the office on 0117 950 1170