Home-Start are delighted to join John Lewis Partnership’s #BuildingHappierFutures programme and work alongside John Lewis, Waitrose, Action for Children, and Who Cares? Scotland, to create a happier future for children and young people.

Through our involvement in the Building Happier Futures programme, Home-Start will be supporting children from their earliest years, strengthening family relationships and helping parents to build safe, loving and supportive relationships with their children.

Home-Start Deputy Chief Executive, Vivien Waterfield, said, “We know that having a strong, loving and supportive family can have a positive and protective effect on children’s lives. Home-Start volunteers work alongside families in homes and communities across the UK, strengthening family relationships, overcoming challenges and helping to avoid crisis further down the line.  

Home-Starts across the UK recognise the inequities associated with being care experienced and is supporting a wide range of work to build better futures for children and young people. We have participated in care reviews in Scotland and England, have been investing to #KeepThePromise in Scotland and made our submission to the ‘Stable Homes Built on Love’ consultation in England. We’re delighted to be joining the Building Happier Futures Programme, to work with our partners to ensure that all children and families have the right kind of support and invest in a high quality system of care and well-trained and supported workforce”.

The Building Happier Futures programme was launched by The John Lewis Partnership in 2022 and has already generated £1.1m for Action for Children and Who Cares Scotland? to support children and young people from care with long term education and employment opportunities; fund connection and belonging events; transition workers; and deliver wrap-around support

Home-Start is delighted to join this partnership and provide more early support to parents to give their children the best start in life.

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