Lottery boost worth £157k for High Peak group

A HIGH PEAK project that supports parents is celebrating after receiving financial backing from the Big Lottery Fund.

Home-Start High Peak has been awarded £157,164 to create a Young Parent’s Club for families in Buxton, New Mills and Glossop.

As well as helping mothers and fathers best care for their children, the project will provide voluntary opportunities through which they can increase their skills, experience and employment prospects.

Debbie Rushworth, Senior Co-ordinator, Home-Start High Peak, said they were delighted to receive the funding: “Home-Start provides a unique service for families - recruiting and training volunteers to support parents with young children.

“This funding will help us give more focus to places that need more help - particularly to young or inexperienced parents, those who feel isolated with a young baby, who want help due to illness or disability or who would like to improve their financial situation by accessing training or work.”

Already helping over 40 families on a regular basis, the project can now reach out to even more.

Up to 30 local volunteers will be recruited and trained to offer support and practical help. They will also be able to direct parents to other services.

Debbie said: “Our volunteers come from all backgrounds and are welcomed by families as their friendly approach helps parents feel reassured and not judged.

“Just having someone there for a couple of hours a week to listen, help with practical tasks and offer support makes a real difference.”