Home-Start Causeway celebrates after receiving £148,831 from the National Lottery to help local families with children under 5.

community news Jun 03, 2021
National Lottery Community Fund

Local charity, Home-Start Causeway, is today celebrating after being awarded £148,831 in National Lottery funding to support its work with families with children under 5, for a 5 year period. 

The charity, based in Railway Road, Coleraine, will use this much needed funding to fund a part-time Family Support Worker, run play sessions for families and provide training for families and volunteers.  

Home-Start Causeway has been running since 1995 and is staffed by 4 staff members and 27 volunteers.   It provides home visiting and group support to families with at least one child under 5 years old, who are experiencing difficulties such as isolation, disability, illness or multiple births. Volunteers are individually matched with a specific family and provide practical and emotional support for a few hours each week for as long as required.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest funder of community activity in the UK, will be used to fund a Family Support Worker, working 30hrs a week, increasing the emergency service provided to families.  Home-Start Causeway will be able to offer play sessions, aimed at bringing families together to reduce isolation, build on children’s’ social skills and provide a bit of fun for all involved.  The funding will also provide training opportunities and support for families and volunteers who work alongside the families.   

Karen Millar, Support Co-ordinator, says: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to respond more effectively to individual requests for emotional and practical support with their families, nurture a sense of belonging in the community, and help give our children the best start in life."

If you would be interested in volunteering with Home-Start Causeway or would like some more information on what volunteering involves, please contact the scheme on [email protected] or contact 028 7032 1765

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