Local family charity Home-Start High Peak has had its funding prayers answered this month thanks to the award of £98,642 from BBC Children in Need. Spread over the next three years, the grant money ensures the charity will continue to operate, making a significant difference to the lives of disadvantaged children in the area.
Home-Start High Peak, the local arm of a national charity that supports families as they try to build better lives for their children, has come through six months of rigorous quality audits evaluating all aspects of the scheme’s operation with flying colours. Achieving a preliminary score of 91% in September, the evaluators awarded a final mark of 100% in March 2015.
It’s almost a year since four Home-Start charities in Derbyshire found out that all of their local authority funding from Derbyshire County Council was being withdrawn, leaving a massive hole in their finances and potentially sounding the death knell for the schemes which help parents to provide better lives for their children.
With 100 Days until the general election, Home-Start’s chief executive, Rob Parkinson, is calling on all political parties to put children and families at the heart of their policy making.
More than half of us don’t realise how many families are struggling to cope with multiple pressures such as bereavement, disability, unemployment and poor housing, new research shows.