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Funding cuts don’t mean end for charity

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

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

Bosses of Home-Start Erewash have vowed to continue to support families in spite of funding cuts announced by Derbyshire County Council.

Trustees and senior staff from Home-Starts across Derbyshire met on Wednesday to discuss the future of their support for families with young children. The meeting followed a decision by Derbyshire County Council to end a £212,000 contract with the group.

Spokesperson for the group Celia Dyson said: “Home-Start is here to stay. We have enough funds to keep supporting families for the near future. We are even looking to expand if we can.

“We are also pleased that the county council has agreed to extend its financial support for us until the end of July 2014”.

Each local Home-Start is self-funded and the four Derbyshire charities have other financial backing in place, as well as reserves built up, Mrs Dyson said.

“It’s business as usual for us as far as family support is concerned,” she added.

The charity trains parent volunteers to support other parents struggling to cope when their children are very young, in their own homes. It also helps families trying to cope with bereavement, mental health problems, addiction and domestic violence.

 

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