Jonathon Ashworth M.P. becomes patron of family support charity, Home-Start Horizons
Home-Start Horizons is delighted to announce that MP for Leicester South, Jonathon Ashworth, has become a patron of the charity.
The news coincides with the announcement that the charity has secured National Lottery funding for two years, to deliver a new project to provide volunteering opportunities for families to reduce social isolation and build connections in their local communities.
Mr Ashworth has been a long-standing supporter of Home-Start and its work supporting families and understands the pressures, stresses and strains which impact on parenting capacity and the health and wellbeing of parents and children alike.
“I have worked closely with Home-Start in Leicester since I was elected as a Member of Parliament. I was delighted, and honoured, to be asked to be a Patron of such an amazing organisation.
The work that Home-Start Horizons does is needed now as much as ever. The support it offers to families with young children can, and does, make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Adrienne Holland, Co-Chair of Home-Start Horizons added:
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Jon Ashworth MP as our Patron. Home-Start Horizons looks forward to exploring ways in which we can work together to develop our support to families and parents, providing children with opportunities to grow in caring homes and communities which offer them the best possible start in life.”
Home-Start began in Leicester in 1973, before growing to become a national network of local charities right across the UK. The network’s national body, Home-Start UK, is still based in the city.
The charity recruits and trains volunteers, who themselves have parenting experience, to work with families offering practical help and emotional support to parents with the aim of helping parents to give their children the best possible start in life. It is widely accepted that intensive home visiting programmes such as this hold the key to equalising children’s life chances.
Over the last three years, Home-Start Leicester has merged with Home-Starts in Charnwood, Melton and Rutland and more recently in Blaby Oadby and Wigston – becoming Home-Start Horizons.
Families are referred for support by health visitors, social workers, schools and other professionals for support with post-natal illness, relationship breakdown, social isolation, domestic violence, post-natal illness and mental health disorders which can all add to stresses and strains which can impact on parenting.
A Home-Start intervention, utilising highly trained and skilled volunteers, costs less than £1,000 per family a year. This can and often does help prevent situations from worsening, family break down and even keeps children out of the care system.
Sarah Bowie, Co-Chair of Home-Start Horizons added:
“In light of the recent UN report on Poverty in the UK, Home-Start Horizons recognises the stark reality of welfare cuts, changes to benefits and the impact this has upon family stress.
Mr Ashworth has seen first-hand the difference that support from Home-Start Horizons has made to vulnerable families. Our work with an average of 350 families per year across the city and county is ever more crucial, but funding is more scarce than ever. We are reliant on grant funding and donations. We are grateful for Mr Ashworth’s support with grant applications to The Big Lottery and Children in Need which partly fund the work of the charity.”
Home-Start Horizons welcomes support in the form of volunteering, donations and fundraising – contact us if you can help.
For more details please contact:
3 Oswin Road,
Leicester. LE3 1HR