Giving families a head-start

Home-Start South Leicestershire is joining with hundreds of small charities across the UK to promote Small Charities Week this week. Pictured are  Stella Renwick, Erika Lucas, Donna Argo, and Jo Johnston
Home-Start South Leicestershire is joining with hundreds of small charities across the UK to promote Small Charities Week this week. Pictured are Stella Renwick, Erika Lucas, Donna Argo, and Jo Johnston

A family support charity based in Harborough joined forces with hundreds of others across the UK to promote Small Charities Week.

Home-Start South Leicestershire works to give children in the Harborough district the best possible start in life.

Small Charities Week was developed to support and raise awareness of the hundreds and thousands of small charities that, every day, make a difference to vulnerable communities across the UK and the rest of the world – just like Home-Start South Leicestershire.

The charity heralded the start of the week with the Carnival of Running one mile Fun Run in Harborough last Saturday.

The event was also a fundraiser for Home-Start.

Donations to Home-Start South Leicestershire can still be made at www.localgiving.org/home-startsouthleics.

John Day, chair of trustees of the charity, said: “Every donation makes a huge difference to small charities like Home-Start – it takes only minutes to donate on-line, and you can be sure that your donation is all spent on helping families who need it most in the Harborough district.

“We need your help now more than any other time in our 30 plus years of operation.

“All funds raised will help Home-Start South Leicestershire to support families living with difficult circumstances in Harborough District. The charity is facing a harder than ever task of finding the funding it needs to keep its services running, so every effort is being made this year to make up for funding shortfalls.”

Home-Start South Leicestershire was established locally in 1984.

Mr Day said: “We sit under the umbrella of Home-Start UK for Quality Assurance and branding but are separately constituted and raise all our funds separately.

“Our aim is to work together to give children in Harborough District the best possible start in life. We help families with at least one child under five years through two projects – The Family Know-How Project – focusing on healthy family lifestyles especially for the most disadvantaged families in Harborough District, and The Families in Mind Project.”