Kind-hearted staff from South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils have raised over £400 for a local charity through recent fundraising events.

The money was raised for Home-Start South and West Devon through a variety of social events arranged by the Councils' Staff Forum.  Events included a shared pot luck lunch, a dress down day and a Christmas raffle.  Staff wanted the money to benefit local charities and each year choose four charities to support through fund raising.

Louisa Brooks, Chairman of the Staff Forum said: "We were absolutely thrilled to raise £404.20 to help support families in need in our local area.  The Staff Forum organise staff social events and everyone is very keen to use funds raised for charities and causes that mean something personal to our staff.  We have lots of events planned for the rest of this year and hope to beat the amount raised last time."

Home-Start believes that every child deserves the best start in life and that parents are the best people to make that happen. However, sometimes life can be challenging.  One-to-one home visiting volunteers support families by offering a listening ear and practical and emotional support to families who are going through a difficult time. Families can need support for a whole range of reasons. Volunteers are matched to a family and visit them once a week for up to a year.

Home-Start's CEO, Andrea Chandler says: "Over the last 19 years we have seen the amazing difference a little support can make.  The scheme runs regular training courses and just £150 allows them to support a family in need for two months, with £1,000 enabling them to recruit and train eight new home-visiting volunteers." 

This means that the councils' staff are thrilled to have supported at least two local families in need with the money raised.

If you are interesting in becoming a Home-Start volunteer or would like to know more, contact 01752 249740.