Home-start boards merger

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A Sleaford charity faced with funding cuts is looking to merge to keep helping struggling families locally.

Home-start is a national charity delivered by independent local schemes, such as that which has operated within Sleaford for 20 years, helping families with children under the age of five, who are facing difficulty or crisis.

In the past organising and training volunteers to visit families in their homes has been largely funded by a county council grant, but this is being withdrawn.

In a statement, the Sleaford Home-start board says it will be merging with Home-start East Lindsey in July, to enable the two schemes, together with one in Stamford, to achieve savings.

The charity has secured short to medium term funding, while longer term funding is being explored. There will still be a service provided for families from the Sleaford office but in the future this may mean reduced opening hours and less families supported. This will have an impact on staff, currently under negotiation.

The Sleaford group, funded by Children in Need, will continue as usual with volunteers. The Trustee Board will be replaced by a joint board and a support group will be established in Sleaford of trustees and volunteers.

Chairman of trustees Pam Edwards thanked volunteers for their help and enthusiasm and hoped groups and organisations would continue to support the restructured service.