£80k grant will kick-start charity’s project to connect with disadvantaged Ipswich children

Tara Somers, Home-Start manager

Tara Somers, Home-Start manager

An £80,000 grant has made it possible for a Suffolk charity to connect with more disadvantaged children in need of direct support.

Home-Start East Ipswich & Coastal, based in Martlesham Heath, has been awarded £80,522 by Children in Need, to help kick-start its ‘You’re in Control’ project.

The three-year grant will be used to fund Home-Start’s first direct service for children and young people in Ipswich – a need identified by the charity as a result of increased referrals, specifically requesting such support.

You’re in Control targets children aged seven to 12 – and their families – and provides one-to-one volunteers, who help deliver emotional and practical support to boost their self-esteem.

Tara Somers manager of Home-Start, said: “Without the support of Children in Need, we would have really struggled to get this much needed project underway.

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“This grant allows us to reach out to young people, by funding a youth coordinator, who will then be responsible for recruiting and training volunteers. These volunteers will provide direct support to children and young people in Ipswich.”

Each year, Home-Start East Ipswich & Coastal supports about 150 families in the Suffolk Coastal district and borough of Ipswich – for reasons including mental health problems, illness, disability, parenting skills support, multiple births, and isolation.

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