Home-Start have announced a national partnership which will enable support for families in Crawley.
The new partnership is between Home-Start, FareShare, John Lewis and Waitrose and aims to raise £5m nationally for the work of Home-Start and FareShare by encouraging communities and customers to embrace the Christmas spirit and give what they can.
Home-Start Crawley Horsham and Mid Sussex (CHAMS) is part of a network of 180 Home-Starts across the country set to benefit from the campaign.
Home-Start CHAMS have moved essential support services on-line to stay connected with families through their team of 54 volunteers, by providing emotional and practical support, and linking families into other community services such as their local foodbanks. Social distancing and isolation placing enormous strain on families.
Funds raised will enable them and other Home-Starts to continue their vital support, as well as allowing FareShare to support essential food provision for families in low income households. An additional £1m has been allocated to local John Lewis and Waitrose stores to work directly with local Home-Starts and FareShares to help families hit hardest by the Covid-19.
Together, the partnership aims to support at least 100,000 families across the country.
Liz Roe, Scheme Manager of Home-Start CHAMS said:
In these unprecedented times we have never needed our community’s support more and we welcome this partnership. We have been working tirelessly to continue to offer our services to families locally and adapting our service to meet the restrictions presented by Covid 19 but there is still a lot of unmet need.