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Stricken families given a helping hand

PUBLISHED: 20:00 16 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:52 03 March 2010

FAMILIES in distress in Felixstowe are to receive a helping hand after a charity secured funding to expand.

Home-Start Suffolk Coastal, based in Woodbridge, is delighted that Suffolk County Council stepped in with a grant when the Community Fund of the National Lottery did not give enough money.

FAMILIES in distress in Felixstowe are to receive a helping hand after a charity secured funding to expand.

Home-Start Suffolk Coastal, based in Woodbridge, is delighted that Suffolk County Council stepped in with a grant when the Community Fund of the National Lottery did not give enough money.

The Lottery gave nearly £180,000 which ensured that the existing service could continue and next month Home-Start will move into bigger offices in Cedar House, Pytches Road, Woodbridge.

Caroline Hawksley, Suffolk Coastal organiser, said dock workers on shifts, very young parents and socially isolated families in Felixstowe were among those who would benefit.

She aims to recruit 30 volunteers within three years for the Felixstowe area to work with families under pressure to cope with modern society.

''We are keen to hear from people in Felixstowe and listen to what their needs are. It is fantastic news that we can work in Felixstowe now and we feel that we have been validated by Suffolk County Council.

Saxmundham, Leiston and Woodbridge are the areas of most referrals. Mothers with agoraphobia, parents lacking in confidence, families in debt, children with challenging behaviour, adopted children, single parents, and parents coping with substance misuse are among a wide variety of needs that volunteers tackle.

Volunteers help with simple tasks including making tea, planning shopping trips and clearing out a cupboard to major issues varying from court appearances to budgeting for Christmas.


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