Charity forced to end services in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 12:30 08 August 2016

Home-Start Exeter and East Devon.

Home-Start Exeter and East Devon.

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A charity says it faces the imminent closure of its services in Exmouth and East Devon due to a lack of funds.

Home-Start Exeter and East Devon sends trained volunteers to support families with young children, and last year supported 141 children in 53 families in East Devon.

Weekly referrals are received from families, health visitors and those working in children’s services.

The charity relies solely on donations and grant funding to continue its work.

It says that following an unsuccessful recent funding application to the Big Lottery, it has had to radically restructure the delivery of its services.

This has included staff redundancies and refocusing on Exeter.

The East Devon service previously faced closure seven years ago, but at that time was saved by the Exeter branch, which agreed to take it on, and was initially able to secure funds to do so.

Home-Start East Devon organiser Caroline Rayfield said: “It is a massive blow that we are unable to continue our volunteer home visiting service to vulnerable families in East Devon.”

The charity’s chair of trustees, Jan Campbell-Young, said: “This decision has been an incredibly challenging one to make and we are desperately seeking any and all opportunities from local grants, investors and businesses to enable us to restart the service.”

The charity says anyone looking to find out more about the charity or to discuss potential funding opportunities can get in touch by calling 01392 426440 or emailing office@homestartexeter.co.uk


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