The emotional, physical and psychological cost for children experiencing tragedy, hardship and neglect is immense and can last a life time.
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.
You can help us change a child’s 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 determines 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. Yet each year we have to turn away 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, 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 support their whole family until they can cope again. Very often, we are the last chance these children have.
Everyone needs help at some time in their life, and Home-Start Wessex depends heavily on donations from people like you to fund our work. Below, you’ll discover different ways you can help – whether it’s donating what you can afford, taking part in an event or setting up a trust. Please help us to make a difference to a child’s life today.
We rely on fundraising and donations
Can you help us?
Charity fundraising for businesses
It costs us approximately £950 to support a family with specialist one-to-one volunteer support for 6 months which at £39.60 per week is very cost-effective, especially when the results of our intervention are so positive to the families and in the long term to the community as a whole.
One-off donation online
As the ongoing cost of living crisis continues to affect disadvantaged families our services are needed more than ever. Demand is at a record high. We need your support to help us continue providing our services.
The cost of living crisis is placing a great strain on families who are already vulnerable, including those already isolated, facing financial hardship and mental health challenges. Our families need us more than ever to be there for them. This is one of the most difficult times they’ve ever faced.
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Direct Debit donations
Please help support Home-Start Wessex by shopping online.
Use easyfundraising to shop with over 3,600 retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com, eBay, Boden, and M&S.
Every time you shop, you’ll raise a free donation for Home-Start Wessex every time, it’s that easy!
Leave a legacy
Many people seek to make a lasting charity gift through their Wills.
Charitable legacies also help to reduce the total amount of inheritance tax due from an estate.
A legacy to Home-Start Wessex can be left through a will. If you are writing your Will, the details you will need are:
Our registered name: Home-Start Wessex
Our charity number: 1109046
Thank you so much if you are able to remember us in this way.