Charity boosted by BBC Children’s cash
Monday 17th July 2017 08:57 High Peak News Posted by Adam Higgins

A charity facing the chop has been saved by a £100,000 grant from BBC Children in Need.

Home-Start High Peak which helps disadvantaged children across the borough was staring closure in the face.

But now the charity can continue making a significant difference to the many young lives.

Trustees board chairman Neil Bent, who lives in Glossop, admitted: “For months now we have been hoping for the best while planning for the worst.

“One minute we’re contemplating closure, the next we’re planning a hugely important three year project which, fingers crossed, will provide a strong platform for us to build upon over the coming years, strengthening our position and ensuring that we’ll be able to continue making a significant positive impact on the lives of many people; young children, their families and older volunteers, in the High Peak.”

The £98,642 grant means the scheme can deliver the FRED project – Fun, Readiness, Equality and Development.

Home-Start currently supports families with problems arising from post-natal depression, disability, bereavement, economic hardship, social isolation and illness where its network of trained parent volunteers share time, skills and experiences in their own communities, with young families.

FRED will support a further 25 High Peak families a year, specifically in the area of school readiness.

It will also help train more volunteers to deliver the programme in their own communities, helping to give young children the best possible start in life.

Anthea Murfin, Home-Start High Peak’s scheme manager, commented: “I can’t find the words to express my delight, or my gratitude to BBC Children in Need, over the announcement of this award.

“FRED will enable us to boost volunteer numbers and provide local, socially disadvantaged children with the skills, opportunities and self-confidence to interact, learn and engage with their peers and adults whilst having fun.”

Faced with potential closure in the coming months, after 12 years of operation, Home-Start began working on the complex funding bid last year.

Home-Start is now looking to recruit new volunteers to join its already ‘amazing band’ of home visitors.

It is looking for people able to offer an extra pair of hands and a listening ear for a couple of hours a week and who want to help prepare children for school as well as to provide non-judgemental practical and emotional support for parents.

It will give the volunteers new skills and enrich their own lives with the full backing of a 40 hour accredited preparation course.

Those interested can contact Anthea via [email protected] or on 01298 72777.