Because you can help us change a child’s life
The emotional, physical and psychological cost for children experiencing tragedy, hardship and neglect is immense and can last a lifetime.
The need for our work is acute and growing. In the UK right now:
- 6 million children live in severe poverty
- 93,000 children live in care – an increase of 10,000 in 10 years
- 1 in 10 children aged between 5 and 16 have a mental health problem
- 2 million children are regular witnesses to severe forms of domestic violence
We want to see a society in which every parent has the support they need to give their children the best possible start in life.
We believe that the best possible start in life for a child begins at home with their family. A nurturing, loving, stable family and home environment strongly determine a child’s future life chances. Children whose parents are struggling to cope can miss out on the love, routine and support that are vital for their future.
Each year we have to turn away thousands of parents and children because we don’t have the funds to help them all. When children face severe illness, or disability when their mother has postnatal depression or when their father loses a job and spirals into debt and mental ill-health or alcohol abuse, when they are in shocking housing or their family is threatened with losing their home… our volunteers want to be there for them – to help them and their whole family until they can cope again. We want to reach each child in their vital early years so they can have the best possible start in life. Very often we are the last chance they have.
Home-Start depends heavily on donations from people like you to fund our work with parents and children. Everyone needs help at some time in their life… please help us to make a difference to a child’s life today.
Ways to help us:
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