Charity is ‘here to stay’ after cuts

Bosses of Home-Start Amber Valley have vowed to continue to support families in spite of funding cuts announced by Derbyshire County Council.

Trustees and senior staff from Home-Starts in Amber Valley, South Derbyshire, Erewash and High Peak met on Wednesday, January 23, to discuss the future of their support for families with young children. The meeting followed a decision by Derbyshire County Council to end a £212,000 contract with the group.

Spokesperson for the group Celia Dyson said, “Home-Start is here to stay. We have enough funds to keep supporting families for the near future. We are even looking to expand our service across the county if we can. We are also pleased that the county council has agreed to extend its financial support for us until the end of July 2014”.

Each local Home-Start is self-funded and the four Derbyshire charities have other financial backing in place, as well as reserves built up specifically for these kinds of situations, Mrs Dyson said.

“It’s business as usual for us as far as family support is concerned,” added Mrs Dyson. “We will continue to build on our existing fundraising activity for the longer term.”

Home-Start Amber Valley has helped families in the borough for the last 33 years. The charity trains parent volunteers to support other parents struggling to cope when their children are very young, in their own homes. It also helps families trying to cope with isolation, bereavement, mental health problems, the stresses of multiple births, illness, disability, and also drug and alcohol addiction and domestic violence.