Since the start of the #GiveALittleLove campaign, 138 Home-Starts have received over £100,000 between then to deliver extra support to families this year.
35% of Home-Starts said they would be offering Christmas treats or activities, including presents from Father Christmas or online pantomimes to be enjoyed at home. A further 22% will be sending out essential food parcels for those on low incomes so that no one will be hungry this Christmas.
Other Home-Starts highlighted the need to keep children learning or entertained, with 12% using the money for activity packs. Fuel, phone and internet costs were also flagged by 9% of Home-Starts as an essential need for families, ensuring that they are kept warm and well connected with loved ones throughout the season.
Find out more about how local Home-Starts are supporting families in their local areas below.
Local Home-Starts have used the money to fund their family groups during the Christmas season to ensure that families remain connected during what can be a difficult time.
Due to lockdown, staying in contact with family and friends has been difficult for families up and down the UK. Local Home-Starts have been able to provide families with phone data/minutes so they can speak and see family and friends this Christmas.
To support families desperately in need this Christmas, local Home-Starts are providing essentials to families facing fuel and food insecurity.