Aberdeen family support charity welcomes cracking cash donations

24 December 2018

A local family support charity is celebrating receiving over £10,000 in funds in the run up to Christmas. Home-Start Aberdeen plays a vital role supporting parents and making a positive impact to the lives of children and families living in Aberdeen.

The recent funds received include £5,000 from Miss Caroline Jane Spence’s trust fund and £3,000 from the John Gordon Charitable trust. Further cash boosts have come from local organisations including Sheddocksley Co-op, Aberdeen Lions Club, Sheddocksley Baptist Church Fine Peace Café and St Margaret’s School for Girls.

These funds will enable the charity to deliver its core work of providing home-visiting volunteer support to families with young children helping them to overcome the challenges they face.Families may be vulnerable or struggling with isolation, physical and mental health conditions, bereavement and many other issues.Receiving regular emotional and practical support in their own homes from trained volunteers, helps them to avoid crisis and breakdown.Group and specialist services are also offered, based on each family’s specific needs.

Eleanor McEwan, general manager said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to receive these funds which are a great boost to our operations going into 2019.It costs around £1,500 to support one family for a year and we will be able to use the majority of this funding to deliver this core work.It is this work which makes such a huge impact, enabling the parents and children we support to overcome life’s challenges.In the past year alone we have supported 205 families, including 340 children, with 27,500 hours of emotional and practical support in their own homes.We’re extremely grateful to all of these groups and organisations for their support and generosity.”

Home-Start Aberdeen has been supporting families in Aberdeen city since 1987. The charity started life as a small project based in the Mastrick area of the city and has since grown to become one of the largest Home-Start schemes in the UK working with families in many communities across Aberdeen. Its small staff team of 13 co-ordinate the efforts of around 125 volunteers, who support over 200 families each year.

< go back