Home Start, which has supported vulnerable families in Epping Forest for 24 years, is to close

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Volunteers from Home Start Epping Forest Volunteers from Home Start Epping Forest

A charity which has provided vital support to families with young children facing difficulties for 24 years is to close after its funding was cut.

Home Start Epping Forest has announced its services will cease at the end of August after Essex County Council Social Services and the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group decided to stop providing money.

The charity, based in the Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate, Loughton, has operated in the district for 24 years and supported more than 1,000 families.

It recruits and trains local parents to work voluntarily with families with at least one child under five.

The volunteers visit the family in their home for between three and four hours a week and provide practical and emotional help and support.

The Guardian has approach Essex County Council and the commissioning group for an explantion for the funding cut and what alternative support will be made available to families.  

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8:33pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Stephen Murray says...

This funding decision is a very disturbing one . Home Start has helped many vulnerable families over the years.

By working with families it has helped to prevent family breakdowns , improved mental health , improved coping strategies for many families and given 100's of local children valuable and new experiences.

At it recent Annual General Meeting the Loughton Town Council heard a presentation from Mr Brian Herring a Home Start Trustee and agreed that the loss of this service would have a major impact.

In my opinion Essex County Council's stated explanation that they are channelling funding into its family centres carries little weight as we all know that these centres and services have already just been cut here in Loughton and Buckhurst Hill.

What has happened to the coalition government's public pledge to ensure that frontline services would be safeguarded and that volunteers have an important role to play (Epping Forest Home Start provides 100's of volunteer hours per year).

So much for the BIG SOCIETY when it comes to the invaluable work of Epping Forest Home Start.

INDEPENDENT LOUGHTON RODING WARD DISTRICT COUNCILLOR - Stephen Murray.
This funding decision is a very disturbing one . Home Start has helped many vulnerable families over the years. By working with families it has helped to prevent family breakdowns , improved mental health , improved coping strategies for many families and given 100's of local children valuable and new experiences. At it recent Annual General Meeting the Loughton Town Council heard a presentation from Mr Brian Herring a Home Start Trustee and agreed that the loss of this service would have a major impact. In my opinion Essex County Council's stated explanation that they are channelling funding into its family centres carries little weight as we all know that these centres and services have already just been cut here in Loughton and Buckhurst Hill. What has happened to the coalition government's public pledge to ensure that frontline services would be safeguarded and that volunteers have an important role to play (Epping Forest Home Start provides 100's of volunteer hours per year). So much for the BIG SOCIETY when it comes to the invaluable work of Epping Forest Home Start. INDEPENDENT LOUGHTON RODING WARD DISTRICT COUNCILLOR - Stephen Murray. Stephen Murray
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10:26pm Thu 5 Jun 14

SNGreen says...

Alas frontline services are being hit.

We ARE ALL in it TOGETHER was the line I remember hearing. Well some are having the rug pulled from them thanks to governement cuts, and where the cuts happen are, of course, the decision of the County Council. Very Disturbing indeed!

Some appear be in (problems thanks to the cuts) it more than others.
Alas frontline services are being hit. We ARE ALL in it TOGETHER was the line I remember hearing. Well some are having the rug pulled from them thanks to governement cuts, and where the cuts happen are, of course, the decision of the County Council. Very Disturbing indeed! Some appear be in (problems thanks to the cuts) it more than others. SNGreen
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