14th Jul, 2020

Families first - Lottery grant boost for local charity Home-Start

Tristan Harris 4th Feb, 2020 Updated: 4th Feb, 2020

A SECURE Minds project which supports mums in Bromsgrove and Redditch who are suffering ante and post-natal depression has been awarded £420,557 from the National Lottery.

The scheme, which also helps parents experiencing attachment and bonding difficulties, is run by Home-Start North East Worcestershire.

Staff will work in partnership with the Koala Tree, a talking therapy service for parents and parents-to-be who may be struggling with their journey through parenthood.

The organisations will offer a service tailored to each family’s needs which could include a perinatal support service, the ‘Circle of Security’ parenting group, one-to-one psychological therapy, baby massage and a volunteer support service.

Home-Start NEW which supports families across Redditch and Bromsgrove has been running since 1989 and helps more than 250 families, 500 children, and 88 volunteers each year.

Volunteers provide non-judgmental, practical and emotional support and help build the family’s confidence and ability to cope.

The service has seen a significant increase in their referrals since the demise of many services across the two communities.

The new funding is from the National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes cash generated by lottery players for good causes.

The cash from the largest community fund provider in the UK will give the organisations the opportunity to help parents overcome what they are experiencing and give their children a better start in life.

Manager Karen Jones said she was delighted the National Lottery Community Fund had recognised the good work being done in this way.

“Now, thanks to National Lottery players we are very excited to be able to work alongside the Koala Tree to offer and develop a service to support families who need it most at the right time.”

To volunteer for Home-Start call 01527 62819 or email volnewhomestart@aol.com

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