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.
A massive "thank-you" to the people of Wellingborough and beyond for your support with our "Changing Futures" Campaign.
Not only are people signing up to donate £3 a month via direct giving but we have also received a number of one-off donations, all of which will go towards ensuring that we continue to support vulnerable families during 2017.
A massive boost to our campaign was the cheque for £650 we received at the Town Carol Service where the compare, Councillor Tom Partridge-Underwood asked that the money be used wisely - definitely will!
Many thanks to both our new and established supporters - we really do appreciate your giving.
Once again supported children and their parents enjoyed a fun filled Christmas Party. Soft Play, a ball pool and lots of crafts were followed by a full Christmas dinner, cooked by Janet.
Santa gave a gift to all the children, while parents received a calendar to record all their important dates for 2017.
Many thanks to our super volunteers - without you we could not provide this event.
Thanks also to the Salvation Army, Wellingborough for the use of their community rooms.
Once again we have been astounded and humbled by the generosity of staff and shoppers at Wellingborough's Swansgate Shopping Centre.
Through the gifts placed under the 'Giving Tree' we have been able to ensure that Santa delivers a very special toy/gift to every child we support.
In addition to Home-Start children we have been able to help local families directed to us by Social Services, Health Visitors, and other community groups.
Thank you everyone for your continued support.
Home-Start - at the heart of the local community
Thanks to the thoughtfulness of a number of local organisations, Home-Start Wellingborough & District has been able to give much needed "extras" to the families we support.
We would publically like to thank :
Kiddi Caru Nursery
The Salvation Army, Wellingborough
Wollaston Baptist Church
United Reformed Church, Wellingborough
New Testament Church of God
Your gifts will really make a difference and bring some extra smiles. Thank you so much.
Local celebrity Dan Middleton donated a signed copy of his first graphic novel ‘Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal’ to Home-Start Wellingborough & District. DanTDM, as he is known to his fans, is one of the most popular YouTubers of all time with over 13M subscribers. Children in families supported by Home-Start are keen followers of the game mine-craft where they build their own imaginary worlds.
The signed copy of Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal is being auctioned on e-bay to raise funds for the charity Home-Start Wellingborough & District. Bids can be placed at http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Signed-copy-of-Trayaurus-and-the-Enchanted-Crystal-by-DanTDM-for-charity-/252662469559 . The auction ends on 11th December 2017, in time for Christmas.
The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Wellingborough, as locals continue the rescue attempt to save one of the town’s best-loved charities. Home-Start - which was set up over twenty years ago to support vulnerable children - is threatened with closure next year due to funding cuts. Charity workers say that without urgent financial support it would no longer be able to provide volunteers to work with young families in difficulty.
In the run-up to today’s “Giving Tuesday,” people across the Wellingborough district have been raising money, with a mix of events and donations. Local businesses such as 3P and Kiddi Caru have organised shoe box gift collections; several churches have offered their support and The Swansgate has nominated Home-Start as their charity for the Giving Tree. At Irchester Bowls Club, volunteers are even running a regular monthly coffee morning and the charity has also received some large donations from individuals and companies, including a cheque this week from the charitable foundation, St James’s Place.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by our recent appeal for help,” said Fundraising Officer, Susan Thompson. “We launched a campaign back in October to bring in enough money to keep going next year, and we believe that the people of Wellingborough will help us do that.”
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 services and domestic violence centres. Volunteers are matched with suitable families and visit weekly.
“This is a local charity which only serves the people of Wellingborough and district,” said scheme manager, Janet Gwilliam Sanders. “We receive no financial support from Home-Start nationally, and all the money we raise goes towards supporting families in the town and surrounding areas. Local people are very committed to helping us survive because they know how vital our work in the community has been.”
Home-Start Wellingborough and District will close next year if enough regular sponsorship can’t be found. To take part in “Giving Tuesday,” Home-Start in Wellingborough is asking people to sign up to donate £3 per month. Individuals can donate via www.homestartwellingborough.org.uk/donate