Homestart Work
Rebecca Wayman

Wakefield community network secures £10k from local programme

Home-Start Wakefield has increased its services after securing a £10k investment from Coalfields Community Investment Programme.

The scheme has been delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust. The practical support and funding will be used to appoint a part-time recruitment coordinator to obtain volunteers helping to deliver a programme of activities to parents within the local area.

Hazel Bell, from Home-Start Wakefield, said: “Our aim is to provide parents with the support they need to give their children the best start in life.

“Whether it’s helping them to grow in confidence, strengthen their relationship with their children or just be on hand to offer support and friendship, the work we do is vital to some of the most disadvantaged people living in our community.

“Thanks to the funding from Coalfields Regeneration Trust, we are able to increase the size of our team and extend our outreach, allowing us to continue to work towards having a positive impact on the development of children and health and welfare of the family.”

As Home-Start Wakefield has become a member of Coalfield Community Investment Programme, it will continue to be supported by the Trust, with support including access to resources and services like help with third-party funding applications and bid-writing, to tips on effective promotion and marketing.

Chairman of Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Peter McNestry, added: “The backbone of any community is the children who are growing up in it, which is why the services Home-Start Wakefield offers are so fundamental.

“Being able to train volunteers who are then able to extend family friendly, confidential and crucial support to others in the community is something that we want to encourage and are proud to endorse in any way that we can.”

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust was established in 1999 and is the only organisation dedicated to supporting former mining towns and villages.

More than two million people have benefited from support delivered by the organisation.

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