Home Start South Yorkshire to close due to lack of funding

16 May 2018

Up to 300 vulnerable families in Sheffield will be left without support as lack of funding has lead to the closure of Home Start South Yorkshire.

The support service, which has been helping families for 35 years, is due to close on 31st May.

Cat Ross, the CEO of Home Start South Yorkshire, has said: “the utmost to protect and support the 300 vulnerable families it is currently supporting.

“It is will the deepest regret that we announce that Home-Start South Yorkshire is to cease its service to vulnerable families across South Yorkshire from the 31 May 2018.

“It is a challenging financial and funding environment across the charity sector and sadly financial difficulties within Home-Start South Yorkshire have culminated in the organisation becoming insolvent. Home-Start South Yorkshire will therefore move to liquidation at the beginning of June 2018.”

This closure will leave at risk families with little support and few options for support when they need it.

The charity is funded by brands and organisations who raise money and donate to them.

In March the contract of one large contributor, which ‘tipped them over the edge’ and led to the closure.

Julie Toner, the Chair of Home-Start South Yorkshire said: “We would need at least £60 000 to be able to stay open, but that is unlikely.”

Home-Start South Yorkshire has had a huge impact on the lives vulnerable people.

One woman who used the service, La-Lydia Oluwa Maku, 30, said: “I had them in 2013 when I was pregnancy and fleeing domestic abuse. They came refuge weekly to support me.

They have helped me both practically and emotionally as I have no other family members. I would not have survived all the major challenges I had if I didn’t have them. I am very sad, upset, angry that it was just stopped abruptly.

Home Start South Yorkshire is looking into all other options.

Written by Kitty Whitaker

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