HomeStart Annual General Meeting - September 2016

Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.Photo by Wayne

Home-Start is one of the leading family support charities in the UK.

 

Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.

 

 

At the meeting in Moor Park, Rickmansworth, Three Rivers Councillor Andrew Scarth who said "Dave is impressive in the way he had overcome a huge problem in the beggining with blind football, but used his success to go right to the top to and being using a positive mindest to succeed".

 

"It is great having an Amazing organisation like HomeStart which is helping people in depsperate need. Volunteers are making it work and without the organisation people would be on the street unloved and uncared for which is aweful, it's about the community more than oneself but caring for other people".

 

Also seen at the event was mayor of Watford who attended, along with staff and volunteers.

 

Staff recieved awards for their commitment, and support from its board of directors.
Staff receiving award from CEO Rob Parkinson

The meeting was lead by the Chairperson Simon Boulcott.

 

Last year Home-Start supported 60,000 children in 30,000 families, in communities across the UK.

 

In the meeting several announcements on Annual Report's and Awards given.

Keith Fletcher gave the Treasurer's report saying that "The loss of Herts County Council funding had impacted 40% of the scheme's income and it would be an uphill taks to replace"

 

Homestart say :
Across all four nations of the United Kingdom 16,000 volunteers support 30,000 families and 60,000 children to transform their lives. Home-Start started in 1973. We were founded by Margaret Harrison who realised that if parents get support and friendship from another parent, they will be better equipped to learn to cope with the many difficulties life can bring, and will be able to give their children the best possible start to their own lives.

 

There are 269 local, independent Home-Starts. At the heart of each Home-Start’s work is home visiting volunteer support.

 

Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues receive the support of a volunteer who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home supporting them in the ways they need.

 

Home-Starts across the UK also support families in groups, hold day trips and Christmas parties and help access local services, as well as lots of other support.

 

There was a special guest speaker David Clarke Blind Paralympian.

He gave a great speech with humour and told the story of his acheivment of his blind football career.


He then went on to give and inspiring talk about Mindsets and how to change thoughts.

 

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