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West Dorset Home-Start Thanks Waitrose Shoppers


3:36pm 16th January 2013

Local charity Home-Start West Dorset would like to thank all the customers of the branches of Dorchester and Bridport Waitrose. During November Home-Start West Dorset was one of the charities to be supported by Waitrose Community Matters scheme. The money raised has enabled the children of the families supported by the charity to receive a Christmas present. 

Due to the large amount of money raised, local families will also be able to benefit from further support from the schemes volunteers.

Helen Horsley, Senior Organiser said “It is wonderful to know that the local community supports and recognises the work of Home-Start West Dorset. The families we support have told us that

“Home-Start support was an absolute godsend. The service is superbly run with approachable staff and volunteers. So glad I was referred by my Health Visitor.”

“I felt I could face everything because she was coming to see me and I knew she would come – she was reliable”

and through support such as we have received through the Waitrose Community Matters we can continue this work”

Home-Start West Dorset is a local charity that provides friendship, advice and practical support to families who live in the West Dorset District Council area and Weymouth & Portland and have at least one child under the age of five years. We will help parents discover or rediscover the joy and fun of parenting.

This service is provided through the recruitment of volunteers who are parents themselves and who are then prepared for their family support role with 40 hours of training; a volunteer is then matched to a family and visits them in the family home for 2-4 hours per week. Families can be referred by health visitors, GPs, social workers and other agencies and also refer themselves.

We will provide our support service to families who meet our criteria as long as we have an appropriate volunteer available. The volunteers will be supported by ongoing back-up, review and training.

If you would like to help Home-Start West Dorset or would like to find out more, please call Helen or Gemma on 01305 75560.

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