Home-Start Matters

Do you have a passion to help local families overcome times of special difficulty?  

Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire needs more Trustees, and this passion, coupled with common sense, is what links everyone who works to achieve the remarkable successes of this local charity.

Our professional approach enables us to respond to referrals from many other agencies in the local community including health care, education, local authority, and to requests from parents. The range of issues includes:
• An isolated single parent with two young children, fleeing domestic abuse
• A family with five children, mother unable to leave the house due to anxiety and panic attacks
• A child with Autistic Spectrum Condition, mum feeling very isolated and judged unable to leave the house

Our statistics show that the weekly support from our well-trained Volunteers helps restore confidence and control, leading to improved health and family relationships.

As an early intervention service, we help families ‘get back on track’, thus often preventing or reducing the need for statutory services or for a child to go into care. We estimate it costs £1500 a year to provide a Volunteer, whereas it costs around £3,000 a week, or £156,000 year, to fund a child in residential care.

Good governance is key to providing this essential service and we provide a comprehensive induction programme for new trustees. We particularly need people with Finance, IT, HR, Social Media and Fundraising expertise; however, whatever your background, if you are keen to help us continue to make a real difference to the lives of local families, we would love to hear from you.

For an informal chat, contact Maureen Brierley, our Chair of Trustees, on 01763 262 262