Charity helping families get the best start in life

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A charity which aims to help families deal with whatever life throws at them has been awarded £393,000 by the National Lottery to develop a unique new project.

Home-Start Corby is leading the initiative – called Home Wasn’t Built In A Day – in collaboration with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, eVolve Your Future, Furniture Turnaround and Corby Community Safety Team.

The project aims to help families access the support they need and focus on the more practical aspects of parenting such as brightening up their home, budgeting, options for healthier lifestyles and attending trips and outings.

Home-Start Corby will also work closely with partners to plan options for returning to work or education and will provide training to new volunteers.

Corby MP Tom Pursglove said: “I was delighted to hear that Home-Start in Corby has been awarded Big Lottery funding to help launch. This is great news for the local community.

“When I visited Home-Start back in October, it was great to hear directly from some of the families just how much of a huge help that Home-Start has been to them.”

Tracy Gallagher and Angela Prodger, joint heads of the Pen Green Centre, said: “The centre staff, governors and parents are very excited about the new Home-Start project. Parents have identified this is an area where there is much needed support and Home-Start with their team of volunteers are ideally placed to take this forward.”

Craig Spence, from the Neighbourhood Management and Community Safety Team, said: “This is a fantastic result! I look forward with great anticipation to our teams working together through this project to enable positive change for our communities.”

Corby mayor Julie Riley added: “I am so pleased for Home-Start as I feel they are doing such valuable work in the community.”

Dan Pickard, town centre director, said: “Corby Town Shopping and Willow Place centre management and retailers are delighted to support and work with Home Start Corby. Securing four years’ Reaching Communities Lottery Funding underlines the amazing work the Home Start Corby team carry out in the community; having seen first-hand the tangible difference they make to families makes us proud to be a small part of this journey.”

Peter Chapman, of eVolve Your Future, added: “We are pleased to announce a partnership with Home-Start Corby that will enable us to work closely with families with an aim of building a better quality of life and a brighter future for both them and their children.”

For more information about volunteering or getting involved with this project, contact Home-Start Corby on 01536 409612.