Homestart wants help to make garden safe

NILABE110708c1, Homestart Erewash garden in a bad state stops kids going out to play.Tina Walker left with some of the users.

NILABE110708c1, Homestart Erewash garden in a bad state stops kids going out to play.Tina Walker left with some of the users.

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CHILDREN at an Ilkeston play group will be forced to play inside for the whole summer unless work is carried out on the garden of their meeting place.

Groups of children attend groups based at Homestart Erewash on Heanor Road, throughout the week.

Centre worker, Tina Walker, said: “The garden area is just totally out of bounds.

“We can’t let the children play out there until work has been done to make the garden safe again.

“We’ve had a ten per cent reduction in funding from Derbyshire County Council and we’ve lost Children in Need as well so all we’ve got is £1,500 that we’ve raised for a job that’s going to cost about £6,000.”

Some of the work that needs doing includes the soft tarmac area which needs cleaning and repairing to prevent damp in the ground floor of the building, the fence, which is rotten needs replacing and other areas need a general spruce up and repainting.

Staff and users would also like to see pushchair storage outside to improve indoor space.

Tina added: “One of the areas is covered in bark chippings but children can’t use the area because cats use it as a toilet. It is not pleasant and not safe for children. These are just a few of the problems we’ve got outside and there’s many more inside as well!

“We’d be extremely grateful to anyone who could donate materials or give up a few hours to complete some of the work to enable us to continue with the valuable work we do.”

Homestart Erewash’s family support group offers one-to-one support in times of crisis or when parents are struggling to cope or need help with practical solutions.

The voluntary organisation support hundreds of people across Erewash and have been left feeling the strain because of funding cuts.

Anyone that can help the can call Tina, Jo or Beren at Homestart Erewash on 0115 9304640 or email homestarterewash@supanet.com.