Charity helped more families this year

MP Nick Boles presents certificate to Home-Start Grantham volunteer Tracey Penfold.
MP Nick Boles presents certificate to Home-Start Grantham volunteer Tracey Penfold.

VOLUNTEERS at Home-Start Grantham have provided more hours of home visits with families this year, despite a smaller operational budget.

The Grantham-based charity, which offers free support, friendship and practical help to families with a child under the age of five, provided over 3,500 hours of contact with families in need, with volunteers spending two or more years with each of their families.

Speaking at the eighth annual meeting at the Guildhall, chair of trustees David Allenby said: “I am impressed with by the enduring commitment of the volunteers.”

He spoke about uncertainty surrounding future funding, but was pleased to announce the arrival of Sally Morgan, who would join Home-Start as charity fund-raiser.

Guest speaker Nick Boles, MP for Grantham, pledged his support to the charity, saying: “It is an important contribution to the community, oiling the wheels of family upbringing.”

The charity’s next fund-raiser will be a barn dance, held at Great Ponton Village Hall on Saturday, October 22.

Tickets are available from Home-Start, in Brook Street, or by calling 01476 592925.

Home-Start is also in need of volunteers. Call the above number for more information.