Home-Start Bracknell Forest is a dedicated local Charity who help and support families who are experiencing difficulties or suffering stress for a variety of reasons such as parenting skills in bringing up young children, domestic abuse, bereavement and divorce to name just a few life events that make life challenging for parents.
The Bracknell Charity focuses on supporting families with at least one child under the age of 5 years with the sole aim of to help give such children the best possible start in life and support parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links within the local community.
On the 3rd March I (Bro. Alan Dorling) had the pleasure of accompanying my colleagues W.Bro. Neill Rhodes and W.Bro. Richard Shepherd from Bracknell Lodge 6792 to present a generous BMC cheque of £2,500 to Sharon Kearins who is the Scheme Manager for Bracknell Home-Start. Sharon and her small Office Team of 4 Co-ordinators were delighted to receive such a generous donation which will allow the Charity to fund days out for families, purchase electronic credit-debit card donation machines and to support the 26 Home Visitor Volunteers supporting over 140 children across 60 families in Bracknell Forest.
I was personally taken with the excellent and sensitive work this Charity does on a daily basis and with a Management Team who work so hard and struggle with funding on an annual basis so I made a personal commitment, in addition to being a fund raiser, to train as one of their Volunteer Home Visitors with a focus towards supporting families who have suffered bereavement or divorce and supporting Dads in particular. I and 10 other Volunteers were at the midway of our 6 week training scheme when sadly the Coronavirus meant we could not continue the course but I look forward to restarting our training after “lockdown” has eased!