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Making Memories

£165 of £1,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 6 months

Our amazing team of volunteer home visitors also help families to make memories by giving up a couple of hours each week to provide practical support, friendship, advice and the benefit of their own experience.

Feedback from our families describes our volunteers as invaluable, supportive, understanding and reassuring.  Parents say they've gained confidence, become stronger and more independent, and this, in turn, has benefitted their children too, whether through the introduction of routine or help in getting out for those memorable visits to the park.

We would love to do more to help these families, some of whom have struggled to put food on the table.

That is why we are trying to raise at least £1,000 - so we can offer an enhanced service and help more young families make memories that are a pleasure to look back on.

Please give whatever you can and rest assured that your donation will make a real difference.
 
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Read Sophie's story about how Home-Start Central Lancashire supported her through a difficult time.

Sophie has turned her life around thanks to support from Home-start
When my partner walked out on me two years ago I went on a real downward spiral
With a mortgage and bills to pay, a baby daughter to look after and no financial support from her dad, I barely had enough money to buy food.

I used to go to a (Home-Start) children’s group because I knew there was toast and fruit available, but eventually I became ill and my health visitor referred me to Home-Start home visiting service for additional support.

I started attending their drop-in sessions and eventually I was assigned a home visiting volunteer who came round every week for a couple of hours.
It meant so much to me just having someone to talk to and acknowledge I existed, it was my only break. I do have family but I didn’t want to burden them with my problems.

It wasn’t just the visits that helped me. Through Home-Start I was able to get child maintenance advice and advice on other financial support.

Slowly my confidence started to come back and now I’m able to ask for help rather than struggling alone.
I’ve been on a life skills development course with Home-Start and earlier this year I went through the training to become a volunteer myself. If I can just help one person like I’ve been helped it will be well worth it.

I feel like I’ve got more of an insight because I’ve been there myself. I know how hard it is taking that first step and asking for help. If they are too nervous to answer the door for that first visit … I understand that.
Home-Start has changed my life; I’m not quite sure where I’d be without them.
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Our first #makingmemories video is about our trip to Gulliver’s World in the summer of 2018 and how it made a difference to one of our families and their children.
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£165 of £1,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 6 months
Funds raised will benefit:
HOME-START CENTRAL LANCASHIRE LTD
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Lancashire,
Charity Number: 1105739
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