Colburn-based charity gets £220,000 in lottery funding

Volunteers from Homestart chat to families.

A charity which helps Richmondshire families has received £220,000 in lottery funding.

Home-Start Richmondshire, based in Colburn, will get the money from the National Lottery Community Fund over three years.

The charity will use the funding to support a team of more than 30 trained volunteers to offer support each year to 50 Richmondshire families with at least one child under the age of seven.

Officials say particular attention will be paid to supporting families where a child is awaiting assessment for, or has already received a diagnosis of, autism and also those children with additional needs.

Heather MacFarquhar, chair of trustees at the charity, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this grant means that we can plan for the next 3 years to ensure we can maintain our service and widen our volunteer network to increase the number of families and young children we are able to support in the local community.

“This will make a big difference to people’s lives.

“This support to families will be long-term and non-judgemental and will help families to feel less isolated, more resilient, and better able to cope.”