A family-support charity in Royston has received a financial boost from a local housebuilder after appealing for funding.
Linden Homes, which is currently building new homes at Meridian Gate in Royston, donated £690 to Home-Start Royston, Buntingford and South Cambridgeshire.
The donation was doubled to £1,380, through a matched-funding initiative from the Four Acre Trust, and will pay for co-ordinator support for two vulnerable families for nine months.
Home-Start, which was founded in 1983, is a local community network made up of trained volunteers who assist struggling families with young children aged nine and under.
Sarah Mascall, scheme manager for Home-Start Royston, Buntingford and South Cambridgeshire, said: “The last 18 months have been extremely difficult for many families. Over 85 per cent of the parents that we see are struggling with their mental health, which can cause them to feel less able to engage in fun activities with their children. This can in turn lead to developmental delays, relationship breakdowns and increased stress on the entire family.
“By developing trusted relationships with the families that we work with, we are able to provide bespoke and tailored support to parents, helping them to manage their lives independently and find the fun in parenting again.
“Due to the significant increase in the demand for our services since April this year, we are enormously grateful to Linden Homes for their generous donation. Funding like this is crucial in helping us to meet the increased need for support.”
Jason Colmer, sales and marketing director for Linden Homes Eastern, said: “After the Home-Start team reached out to us seeking help, we knew we had to lend a hand and show our support to this fantastic and worthwhile charity that aims to give children the best possible start in life.
“We are really pleased to be making this positive contribution to the local community, which we hope will make a positive impact on the life and wellbeing of two vulnerable local families.”
Last year, Home-Start supported 56,000 children in 27,000 families across the UK. To find out more information about the assistance provided by Home-Start, or to make a donation, visit hsrsc.org.uk.
There are currently three, four and five-bedroom houses available at Meridian Gate. For more information, call 01763 722040.
|Rob May, site manager at the Meridian Gate
development, Sarah Mascall and Tracey Aggett
from Home-Start Royston and Amie Neighbour,
Vistry Eastern sales manager for Meridian Gate.
08 October 2021
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