Petition submitted to Sutton Council to save threatened family charity Home-Start

Home-Start staff inside their office in Stanley Road, Carshalton

Home-Start staff inside their office in Stanley Road, Carshalton

First published in News Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A charity volunteer has submitted a petition to the council opposing its decision to remove its funding.

Barbara Shipton has been volunteering for Sutton’s Home-Start for a year and feels the council’s decision to terminate their contract will limit the charity’s ability to support families with problems.

The petition has already gained 559 signatures asking the council to reinstate the funding for Home-Start Sutton which focuses on early intervention and has 80 volunteers visit families in their home every week offering emotional and practical support.

Two members of staff were made redundant last year while the remaining members had their hours reduced.

A Sutton Council spokesperson said: “I can confirm that we have received a petition regarding Home-Start Sutton, which we will respond to in due course.”

 

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9:25am Thu 30 Jan 14

Niki R says...

Excellent- HomeStart is a great early intervention service that saves many a family from costlier social services involvement. HomeStart also supports families in stressful situations too, such as those dealing with long term illnesses. Removing the funding shows how short-sighted this Council is, and for Councillor David Callaghan to state that its success "can't be measured" is nonsense. Less than 6% of families who HomeStart work with end up with social services involvement- surely that's a success story? They have my full support- and well done for fighting back!
Excellent- HomeStart is a great early intervention service that saves many a family from costlier social services involvement. HomeStart also supports families in stressful situations too, such as those dealing with long term illnesses. Removing the funding shows how short-sighted this Council is, and for Councillor David Callaghan to state that its success "can't be measured" is nonsense. Less than 6% of families who HomeStart work with end up with social services involvement- surely that's a success story? They have my full support- and well done for fighting back! Niki R
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