Home-Start Bedford Borough was featured on Channel 4 News over the Easter Bank Holiday in a piece entitled ‘Britain’s working families at tipping point’. The report details how Home-Start UK's volunteers were meant to be a helping hand for families - now they feel more like fire-fighters. You can watch the report at http://www.channel4.com/news/britains-working-poor-at-financial-tipping-point
Home-Start Bedford Borough support families with at least one child under five who are struggling to cope with problems from multiple births to isolation or domestic violence. They offer trained volunteers with parenting experience who, as one grateful family said, provide the armbands for families swimming in deep water.
The Bedford Charity (Harpur Trust) gave Home-Start a three year award in June 2010 totalling £60,000, which enabled manager Wendie Lovatt to employ a part-time co-ordinator to run a team of volunteers in Kingsbrook and Shortstown. These areas of Bedford are amongst the most deprived in the town. Home-Start helps parents here not only cope with the trials of bringing up small children, but encourages them to volunteer and gain qualifications themselves. Parents gain huge amounts of self esteem and often find their way into employment with Home-Start’s help.
To find out more about Home-Start visit http://www.homestartbb.co.uk/