One of the first groups to receive a grant from the Hinkley Point C Community Fund was Home-Start West Somerset. Based in Minehead, the group provides support services for families who are going through difficult times. Although Home-Start is a national charity, no central funding is provided, which means that the West Somerset scheme has to raise all its own funds, which is a real challenge for the team.
Clare Pound, Manager and Senior Support Co-ordinator, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the funding from the Hinkley Point C Community Fund. It has allowed us to make excellent progress in building our Home-Start presence in the areas surrounding Hinkley Point C. The funding has meant we are now able to hold monthly Story-Start sessions, delivered in Stogursey, Stogumber, Williton, Dulverton, twice a month in Luxborough, and soon to be in Watchet.”
“We support families in their own homes and have been able to recruit a Home-Start Coordinator. We’re continuing to recruit and train home visiting volunteers – we currently have 12 and counting! We’ve established some wonderful links with the community and local schools and have delivered five paediatric First Aid training sessions for parents so far – that’s over 100 newly trained parents! We also deliver group support (called Jump-Start) for parents or carers of children with additional needs and/or a disability. We’re really pleased with how the funding has supported Home-Start in helping families and we aim to continue this beneficial development.”
If you would like to find out more about how you can help the group or benefit from its services, please visit their website here.