A CHARITY that provides ‘vital support’ to families in South Derbyshire has revealed it is ‘here to stay’ - after fears were raised for its future after having its funding cut.
Home-Start South Derbyshire faced an uncertain future after it was revealed that Derbyshire County Council would be ending a £212,000 contract with the group.
However, following a meeting between trustees and senior staff, it has been decided that the service had ‘enough funds for the near future’.
Celia Dyson, spokesman for Home-Start, told the Mail: “Home-Start is here to stay.
“We have enough funds to keep supporting families for the near future.
“We are even looking to expand our service if we can.
“We are also pleased that the county council has agreed to extend its financial support for us until the end of July 2014.”
Home-Start is self-funded and the charity has other financial backing in place, as well as reserves built up specifically for these kinds of situations.
“It’s business as usual for us as far as family support is concerned,” said Mrs Dyson.
“We will continue to build on our existing fund-raising activity for the longer term.
“We will be approaching local and national companies and trusts such as the Big Lottery and Children in Need.
“As well as sourcing income from existing funders, we are also appealing for anyone in the county who may be able to help with company support, individual donations or with fund-raising through events such Home-Start’s annual Snowflake Appeal, to come forward.
“If we can offer support early on in a child’s life, we know that support can help parents give their children the best possible start.
And our commitment to the families we support, our volunteers and our partners is as strong as ever.”