The National Lottery Community Fund for Home-Start Kirklees
We are thrilled to announce that we have been successful at bidding for funding from The National Lottery Community Fund (formerly Big Lottery Fund) for our young parent’s support groups. The groups had previously been funded by Lloyds Foundation Bank until April 2018. This left uncertainty as to the future sustainability of this work, yet we were still finding that there was rising demand for support for young parents and that they would become even more vulnerable without such services in place.
The lottery award is significant in that it is increasingly difficult to be successful due to the competetiveness and demand for longer term funding. We have secured enough funding to sustain the services for young parents aged 14 – 25 years for three more years. This is an exciting project which will see our work with young parents evolve and significantly grow. We are currently underway with recruiting a new team of staff and volunteers who will work on this project.
The lottery project will support young parents and their children to meet weekly in group sessions to help reduce isolation and improve well-being by being supported and guided to access community based services and activities, to integrate them into society whilst increasing their life skills to become independent, confident and resilient parents.
There will be a focus on meeting the parent’s individual needs through joint planning and delivery of themes such as debt management, housing, keeping safe, healthy lifestyle choices and positive parenting, whilst empowering them to make positive decisions for the future.
Here at Home-Start we are very happy to have secured a small pot of funding from ‘One Community’ to enhance our support for families with their children around school readiness.
The support we will offer will be aimed at children aged between 2 – 3 years old. We hope to be able to assist parents in educating their children around basic requirements for school readiness. We will also be utilising the money to purchase school readiness packs for families. These will include books, crayons and pencils, toothbrushes and other items that young children need to enhance their social, emotional and physical abilities.
With this in mind, our co-ordinator team are preparing some training around school readiness and inviting volunteers to 2 x 5 hour training sessions in September.
Watch this space for the training dates. We look forward to having a couple of good training sessions prepared for September.
Home-Start UK have been successful in a partnership with British Red Cross, funded by the Co-op to tackle loneliness and social isolation in young new mums and secured funding that was available for local Home-Start schemes to bid for.
Home-Start Kirklees bid for funding to establish a new toddler group for young parents up to 25 years and their children. The new group will start Tuesday 11th September at Crow Nest Park, Dewsbury and will be available to young mums referred to our service who are struggling with social isolation and need an opportunity to make contact with other young mums and make friendships. The group will also focus on advising parents on eligibility for free early education places for 2 year olds and school readiness. The new group will also be opened up to all our young mums that have been attending our group support for under 20’s so that they can continue to support each other and further extend their own friendships.