“Christmas is a time of year when families come together and we are pleased to support a charity that is making such a huge difference to the lives of local families.”

 
 
 
 

Charity begins at Home-Start

The Partners Group has donated £300 to a local charity that supports isolated, bereaved and ill parents with pre-school age children.
 
Partners has made the Christmas gift to Home-Start York as part of its 23-year history of supporting good causes. Home-Start York recruits, trains and supports volunteers who are parents themselves to visit families at home for a few hours each week. The charity supports families who are experiencing a range of difficulties including post-natal depression, disability, bereavement, illness and isolation. Volunteers offer practical and emotional support according to the needs of individual families, working alongside parents to help build their confidence and ability to cope, supporting them to improve outcomes for their children.
 
Home-Start York, said: “We are very grateful to The Partners Group for their generous donation. The volunteers give their time free of charge but we pay for things like travelling expenses, so this donation will go towards paying for these costs, which will in turn help us to help more families in need.”
 
Home-Start York has been supporting families in the city for over 20 years.   Families are referred by other professionals such as health visitors, midwives and social workers or they can refer themselves.  Last year the charity supported 112 families including 191 children aged under five years and 33 children aged five years and over.  It currently has a team of 28 home-visiting volunteers and will be recruiting again in the New Year.
 
Partners Group director, Karen Nixon, said: “Christmas is a time of year when families come together and we are pleased to support a charity that is making such a huge difference to the lives of local families.”
 
If you’d like to volunteer with Home-Start, visit www.home-start.org.uk or call 01904 674764 for more information.
    
 
 

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