Families are running on empty. The pandemic has been toughest on those already struggling. But we’ve also seen communities coming together. We want to keep that spirit of generosity alive by encouraging everyone to give a little love this Christmas and give their time, money and voice to support Home-Start.

This festive season is sure to be one like no other. Parenthood is challenging enough in normal times but the current pandemic has added additional layers of anxiety, uncertainty and isolation.

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The Give a Little Love campaign, and amazing partnership from the John Lewis Partnership, aims to raise £5m for the work of Home-Start and FareShare through a nationwide effort to encourage communities and customers to embrace the Christmas spirit and give what they can.

Home-Starts across the country are there for families when they need us most. We have moved essential support services on-line to stay connected with families, providing much needed emotional support, delivering essential supplies and linking families into other community services such as their local Foodbanks.

We’ve also seen communities coming together. We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support shown in our communities during the pandemic. But there is so much more to do. Help us to keep that spirit of generosity and encourage everyone to give a little love this Christmas.

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Give a Little LoveHow to Give a Little Love

To make a donation to the Give a Little Love campaign visit givealittlelove.donr.com and the John Lewis Partnership will match it*. Or text ‘LOVE’ to 70630 to donate £3.  

All money donated will be matched by the John Lewis Partnership up to the sum of £2m and will be divided equally between FareShare and Home-Start UK (minus platform charges). Texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message. FareShare (reg charity no. 1100051) and Home-Start UK (reg charity no. 1108837; Scotland reg charity no. SC039172)

How to volunteer

If you can spare as little as an hour a week, you could help parents not just survive but thrive during this crisis and beyond.

As a Home-Start volunteer, you will be given training and support to be effective and make a real difference to families in your community.  You will also develop transferable skills which can support you in your life, whether that’s at home or at work.

By capturing the spirit of generosity in our communities we can make sure families get the support they need.

Find out how to volunteer here