FAMILIES who use the services of a South Derbyshire charity would struggle without its supports, claims ones of its volunteers.
Newhall based Home-start South Derbyshire could lose essential funding as part of a review of family services across the county which was due to end yesterday.
Kate George , 45, who lives in Woodville, has been a volunteer with Home-start since 2004. She feels that without the charity many families would have nowhere to go.
A typical week in the life of a Home-start volunteer will see them dedicate their time to a family with the aim of getting them to a place where they can manage by themselves.
Kate told the Mail: “They could have just moved to the area, or been victims of domestic abuse.
“I am extremely concerned about the proposed cuts because I know that for a lot of families Home-start has been a lifesaver.
“Some mums have been depressed and things are looking so bad. With the help of volunteers life gets better and they start to see the wood through the trees.
“Home-start reaches places others cannot reach. It can get beyond boundary doors that organisations such as churches can not.
“You watch people open up and change in front of you.
“The biggest compliment is when they don’t need your help any more.
She added: “I want to make the future as bright a place as I possibly can.
“We have to stay focused on the fact that people really matter.”
Derbyshire County Council has to save £157 million over the next four years and consulted with families with young children on what they think of services provided.
Home-start helped 193 families last year.
Kate said: “My role is to get alongside families. We go in and offer support - quite often the families are isolated.
“The lovely thing about being a Home-start volunteer is you see people progress - it gives them empowerment that they can control something.
“We help them to get in to a routine such as going to a toddler group that they may been too shy to go to alone, especially if they are a first time mum.
“Families are dependent on it.”