Funding for ‘vital’ service under threat

Homestart Erewash funding under review. Cylia Dyson, Jo Hallam and Paul Moran.
Homestart Erewash funding under review. Cylia Dyson, Jo Hallam and Paul Moran.

Staff at Home-start Erewash are urging people to take part in a consultation and encourage the county council to renew the service’s funding.

Home-start Erewash helps families and children across the area with issues such as disability, post natal depression or isolation.

The service’s main source of cash is Derbyshire County Council but their contract expires at the end of March 2014.

The local authority has recently announced that it needs to save £157m over the next four years casting doubt over whether they will renew the deal.

Jo Hallam, scheme manager, said: “We provide a vital support service and help on average 80 families a year.

“If Derbyshire County Council decide not to fund us from next year there will be a massive impact on those people.

“But it won’t be only our service that is affected, health visitors, multi agency teams and childrens’ centres will be left to deal with what we can’t meaning even more work for them when they are already struggling.”

There are 45 volunteers currently working for the service which has helped more than 200 families in the last three years.

Jo added: “We support the idea of the council’s survey and encourage people to have their say but we are worried that Derbyshire County Council may cut our service and not realise the invaluable and unique support we provide.”

Copies are available at Ilkeston Library or online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DCCFamilySupport.