Home-Start hosts fun days in Skegness and Alford

Alford mayor Jenny Cooper is pictured with some of those who attended the Alford event.
Alford mayor Jenny Cooper is pictured with some of those who attended the Alford event.

Seaside-themed fun information days were held in Skegness and Alford last week to highlight the help available for local families with young children who may be struggling to cope.

The activities kept children amused with seaside fun while parents were able to find out more about the help they can access.

The days are part of Home-Start East Lindsey’s ongoing ‘Here for you and your children’ campaign, which was launched in response to research revealing that there are potentially hundreds of local families at risk of reaching breaking point.

Forty per cent of parents with children under five have felt at ‘breaking point’ because of the stress and strains of family life, according to a YouGov Survey commissioned by Home-Start UK.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the issue and encourage parents to ask for help.

Tracey Ruddock, Scheme Manager at Home-Start East Lindsey, said: “We believe that there are an unacceptable number of families at breaking point.

“We launched our campaign in the Louth area last summer and last year we received a record number of requests for support from families.

“Although last year our charity helped more than 8o families with over 150 children living in the Skegness area, we know that there are families who are not aware of our support and we want them to know that they don’t have to struggle on their own.

“We can help bring the fun back into family life.”

Home-Start East Lindsey is a local family charity, currently providing support to over 150 families each year.

The families who receive support may be experiencing difficulties for many reasons including post-natal illness, disability, bereavement, illness of a parent or child, or social isolation which may be exasperated by living in a rural area.

Their support is given through trained volunteers who have been parents themselves and who will visit a family in their home on a regular basis to give friendly, confidential emotional support and practical help.

For details contact Home-Start East Lindsey on 01507 610665 or at their website at www.home-starteastlindsey.org.uk.

You can also visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/homestarteastlindsey.

Tracey Ruddock added: “We need families to know that support is available and we also need volunteers to help us give that support.”