Grantham Home-Start to move to Old Barracks following funding cuts

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Family support charity Home-Start Grantham is to merge with its partner Home-Starts in East Lindsey, Boston, Gainsborough, Lincoln, Sleaford, South Holland and South Lincolnshire.

They will unite to become known as Home-Start Lincolnshire. There will still be an office in Grantham, although it will relocate from its current base in the Autumn Park Business Centre to The Old Barracks in Sandon Road, opening on April 1.

Emma Haisman, community marketing and fund-raising co-ordinator for Home-Start Grantham, said: “The merger is good news for the continued sustainability for Home-Start within Grantham. Home-Start will still have an office in Grantham which will also incorporate Sleaford and Stamford areas. There will also be three other area offices strategically placed within the county.

“Changes have been made to the internal structure of the organisation but rest assured there will be no change to the service we offer to our current families – by pooling the resources and expertise of eight schemes together we aim to reach more families throughout the county.”

Home-Start has over 500 trained volunteers who help more than 1,000 families and 2,300 children each year, providing emotional support, practical help and parenting advice.

Last year, supporters campaigned against Lincolnshire County Council’s decision to remove the charity’s funding, resulting in a loss of £430,000. However, Home-Start says the merger has been part of its plans for two years, and is not a result of this funding cut.