Area Board hears about support for Devizes families

17th May 2019, 11:35am | By andrewjack |

Area Board hears about support for Devizes families

The latest meeting of Devizes Area Board took place this Monday evening at the Hub & Library in Sheep Street.  The main speaker on the night was Sheree, one of the Trustees at Home-Start Kennet.  This is a local charity that trains volunteers to offer support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in their own homes.  They recruit and train parent-volunteers to provide support which is tailored to the individual needs of each family. Their volunteers offer a valuable skilled listening ear, so that parents themselves can find constructive solutions to the problems they are facing.

Home-Start Kennet offers help to families, with a child under 5, who are experiencing stress due to one or more of the following:

  • Loneliness or isolation
  • Separation due to Military deployment
  • Bereavement
  • Lone parents
  • Twins or multiple children under 5
  • Ill health, disability or special needs
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Financial difficulties

They support families from all backgrounds and circumstances and the only condition is that the family has at least one child under the age of 5.

Home-Start Kennet are always looking for new volunteers and usually run two preparation courses throughout the year.  Their next volunteer training course will be held in Devizes in Autumn 2019. Please visit the Volunteers section of this website for more information or contact hskadmin@homestartkennet.co.uk or 01672 569457 for more information.

Also on Monday evening the area board awarded nearly £16,000 in funding to a number of local organisations that help to support the community. These included helping a new parkrun event for the area get started in the grounds of Rowdeford School, new facilities at All Cannings and West Lavington village halls and the Camp Xtra holiday club which supports and challenges young people from Devizes School.

For more information about Devizes Area Board and the grant schemes it operates, please contact Andrew Jack, Devizes’ Community Engagement Manager on 01225 713109 or andrew.jack@wiltshire.gov.uk

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