This week there was an early Christmas present for the staff, trustees and volunteers of Home-Start Bristol when they received news that their application for a Big Lottery grant of £373,000 had been successful. The money will enable the charity to continue its vital work supporting disadvantaged Bristol families over the next five years.
Home-Start Bristol trains volunteers so they can befriend struggling families in Bristol and South Gloucestershire while children are still small, making regular home visits. All volunteers are parents – they are the people who really understand how challenging it can be to give children the best possible start in life.
Scheme Manager Beverley Symonds said, “We are delighted to receive this generous funding from the Big Lottery – the second grant in a row for our service in Bristol. We have worked so hard to achieve our goals, working with families in real need of help. This gives us the security to plan even more support for disadvantaged local families and children.”
In 2017 the charity will celebrate its 30th birthday. “We can now really look forward to a special year of events to mark this milestone,” continued Beverley. “Watch this space!”
If you would like to find out more about the charity, make a donation or become a Home-Start Bristol volunteer, visit the website: www.homestartbristol.org.uk or phone 0117 950 1170.