With 100 Days until the general election, Home-Start’s chief executive, Rob Parkinson, is calling on all political parties to put families at the heart of policy making.

Rob said:

“There are just over three months to go until the general election in the UK and now is the time to make sure that we are all putting the support of children and families at the centre of what we do. This is just the first step towards reducing pressures on parents and their children, but it will help them to overcome difficulty and give them the tools to help their community, society and the economy to thrive.

“Our recent YouGov survey has shown that over half of people underestimate how many families are struggling to cope with more than one problem. But through 32,000 families, and 16,000 volunteers and staff from across the whole of the UK, Home-Start is giving a voice to all families.

“In the last six months we have published manifestos for the UK, as well as for Scotland and Northern Ireland and we will be publishing our manifesto for Wales in the coming weeks. Our manifestos call on all political parties to put children’s lives at the heart of policy.

“In each manifesto we set out practical solutions to address three priority areas. Home-Start believes that:

  • All our children should have safe places to live and play;
  • All our children with a parent suffering from a mental illness should be supported; and
  • All our children should be well nourished and protected from hunger and poor nutrition.

“Finally, we ask that all political parties recognise the key role played by the voluntary sector, and specifically volunteers, in providing those solutions and giving life-changing support to families.”

Please go www.home-start.org.uk/HSmanifesto to read our manifesto.

Editor’s Notes:

Home-Start is one of the UK’s leading family support charities. We recruit and train volunteers to support parents, in their own homes, with at least one child under the age of eight. The charity was set up in 1973 and now has a network of more than 300 Home-Starts supporting nearly 32,000 families and almost 70,000 children each year.
Nearly 16,000 volunteers visit families in their own homes – parents supporting other parents in a variety of situations including isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness or disability. Home-Start High Peak, 26 Spring Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire. SK17 6DE. Company number 5400539. Registered Charity number 1110053.

For further media enquiries please call Neil Bent, Chair of Home-Start High Peak, on 07957 143 450.