Find Your 50

2023 is a special year for Home-Start UK, being 50 years since the first family was supported by a Home-Start in Leicester.

To celebrate such a big milestone, we’re asking you all to Find Your 50.

Do 50 squats. Read 50 books. Eat 50 hot dogs. Find something fun to do related to 50 and help raise money for Home-Start Wessex in the process.

Have a look at some of our ideas or pick your own! We can’t wait to see what you do. Once we get confirmation through the JustGiving link you’ve created, we’ll spread the news via our socials.

Read Jude Harford’s story, our first #FindYour50 fundraiser, here!

Homeless Mums Appeal

To help young mums in crisis we need urgent assistance to support young, homeless mothers who are dealing with mental health issues, depression, poverty and the impact of domestic violence.

Whilst there is a communal space in the temporary hostel this is sad, joyless and unwelcoming so most parents and children spend time in their small bedsit rooms, missing out of vital socialisation. Loneliness, isolation and attachment issues have a huge impact on the start of a child’s life.

The positive response to Home-Start support has been overwhelming. But we cannot continue helping young mums in crisis without securing more funding.

We are appealing to the local community to continue supporting these families throughout 2024. If we can raise another £1000, this can be match funded. Thanks to the BC Club for their continued support with this appeal.

What better investment could you make than in your local community, changing a child’s future through a better start in life.

If you can help us by making a donation or need more information, please email caroline@homestartwessex.org.uk.

The Power of Little Moments

It’s the little moments that make the biggest difference.

In celebration of our anniversary, we’re focusing on what really counts.

“When my beautiful boy died, it was totally unexpected. It felt impossible… the death of my child at the same time as having a newborn baby… I felt lost. Our walks in the park with my lovely Home-Start volunteer gave me the space to work through what I had lost. With each walk, each cup of coffee, each chat, I felt more and more at peace. It’s those little moments that really mattered.”

If you’re struggling, feeling isolated and overwhelmed, it’s hard to be the parent you want to be, and that makes it even worse. Our Home-Start volunteers are always there, by your side with those important little moments of friendship, advice and practical help. We give parents the support they need to give their child a better future. We are ordinary people helping ordinary families deal with whatever comes along in the moment. Donate to help power those little moments. Donate now, because childhood can’t wait.