3 little steps to help Home-Start survive in Wellingborough in 2017 and beyond:
Step 1. Care about the future of our local children and know you can make a difference to fragile families.
Step 2. Commit to giving just £3 per month.
Step 3. Sit back and smile, you've just helped a family in need and changed the future of a child's life forever.
We need 2000 people to pledge an ongoing monthly donation of only £3 per month ……. Can you be one of those people?
A Wellingborough charity threatened with closure has been granted a reprieve thanks to a rescue attempt from local people. Home-Start Wellingborough & District - which was set up over twenty years ago to support vulnerable children – had made plans to close its doors early this year due to funding cuts. Charity workers said that without urgent financial support they could no longer be able to provide trained volunteers to work with young families in difficulty.
“We were preparing for the worst,” said Senior Co-ordinator, Tracey Witham. “Several charities in the Wellingborough area have been forced to close recently and it looked like we were next.”
Local people quickly rallied and the charity was inundated with offers of support with a mix of regular and one-off donations. The publicity has helped to secure funding from some large grant-making groups, including BBC Children in Need and The Henry Smith Foundation.
The recent donations mean that although the charity will reduce in size, it will still provide invaluable support to local families for at least the next three years, with its team of volunteers helping over 40 families with 100 children during the coming year.
“We’ve been stunned by the generosity of local people following our urgent appeal for help,” said Charity Secretary, Janet Gwilliam Sanders. “We launched a campaign back in October to bring in enough money to keep going in 2017, and we are delighted to say that we’ve more than met that target.”
Local donors include The Northwick Trust, The Wellingborough Town Carol Service organised by the Salvation Army, Irchester Bowls Club coffee morning and collections at the Wellingborough Christmas Lights switch on. They were joined by individual donors from across the district.
Over the last year, Home-Start Wellingborough and District has supported more than two hundred children in the borough, by training volunteers to support families in difficulty. Referrals come from many sources including social care and domestic violence centres. Volunteers are matched with suitable families and visit weekly. The money raised since October will enable the charity to continue operating in a consolidated form.
Home-Start in Wellingborough is asking people to sign up to donate £3 per month. Individuals can donate via www.homestartwellingborough.org.uk/donate
Springing into Action!
We have been so busy here at Home-Start that we have only just realised that t written anything on here since Christmas. Sorry!
We really are grateful for all the support we received over the Christmas period - the gifts for the children and parents and the monetary gifts we received to provide the Christmas activities. Even if we have not mentioned all our supporters here on the website, be assured that they have all received our grateful thanks through individual letters and certificates - but Home-Start is not just for Christmas.
We are delighted to say that due to the generosity of local people we have been able to secure matched funding from not one but two major grant-makers, meaning that Home-Start Wellingborough and District is now able to continue supporting local families for the next THREE YEARS! More details to follow ..soon!!
Many thanks to all who have supported our charity during 2016, your help is really appreciated and through you Home-Start Wellingborough & District has been able to make a difference to the lives of many local children and their parents.
Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.