Local charity goes over the edge to raise funds!

Home-Start Bristol – a local charity which provides support for families with young children has organised a sponsored abseil down the Avon Gorge on Saturday 29th June. Up to 50 supporters ranging from age 12 to 70, including Patron and Bristol MP Charlotte Leslie, are expected to rise – or descend – to the challenge. Jenny Harris, chair of the charity, tackling her first big abseil in her 70th year, says “I am absolutely delighted that so many people are taking part – all the money will go towards thevital work of supporting families in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. I don’t like to think too much about what it will be like to go over that edge but I know it will be worth it in the end!”

Home-Start Bristol depends on volunteers to carry out its work.  If you would like to offer your support, here are some things you could do:

  • Become a volunteer – a challenging but rewarding role
  • Make a donation – £25 helps to train a new volunteer
  • Become a trustee – we are looking for people with a wide range of skills

Visit the website for more information: http://www.homestartbristol.org.uk/

What is Home-Start Bristol?

Home-Start Bristol is a local charity that works within the community to ensure that families are able to give their children the best possible start in life.

Who do you support?

The charity focuses on families with young children – the early years before school are vital for a child’s development; however, sometimes the complexities of life can seem overwhelming, particularly if a family is going through difficult times. They support families from all over Bristol, though they have significant projects in South and East Bristol where there is a strong need for their work.

How do you go about it?

Volunteers are key to their success: a volunteer visits the family’s home for 2 – 3 hours every week and tailors his/her support to the needs of the particular parent and children. They work alongside the parents promoting independence and fostering the development of language and learning.

Does it work?

Absolutely – the charity know this from feedback from their families, health visitors and children’s centres. A typical quote: “My son’s first year was transformed due to Home-Start. It went from being a stressful to a lovely time and it is impossible to put a value on it.

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