supporting families & local communities in Calderdale

Welcome to the Home-Start Calderdale website!

Home-Start Calderdale supports families across the borough who have young children. All our families have recognised that parenting is a really hard job and that they just need a little bit of help.

We support families who are struggling with a variety of issues including family breakdown, illness or disability, lack of confidence, loneliness or simply lots of small children! All our trained volunteers have parenting experience themselves – they’ve been there and got the t-shirt! A volunteer can bring the fun and love back into a family with kindness, patience and a good dose of humour.

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UPDATE NOTICE...

Due to restructuring following reductions in funding we now have a part time post available that our full time staff were not able to take up.

Please see below for the job details

 

Home-Start Calderdale requires

NORTH & EAST HALIFAX CO-ORDINATOR

Salary  £20,138 pro rata    (NJC point 21)

Home-Start is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under 5 years of age. Volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to prevent family crisis and breakdown.

At Home-Start Calderdale we are looking for a Co-ordinator who will be responsible for recruiting, training, supervising and supporting a team of Home-Start Volunteers in their support of young families in the North & East areas of Calderdale. The Co-ordinator will also need to liaise closely with statutory and voluntary organisations.

  • Parenting experience and an understanding of the needs of families is an essential requirement for this post.
  • Experience of working with families or volunteers would be an advantage

The hours of work are 17hrs a week, and may include occasional weekend and evening work. The contract will be permanent, subject to funding. Applicants must have use of their own car, for which expenses are paid. Pension scheme available. Applicants will be required to undergo an enhanced disclosure check with the DBS.

For further details and an application form, please contact:

Suite 2.11, Holmfield Mills, Holdsworth Road, Halifax, HX3 6SN

Telephone 01422 242124                         Email  info@homestartcalderdale.org.uk

Closing Date:          Monday 20th March 2017

Interview Date:        Monday 27th March 2017

Home-Start Calderdale is committed to equal opportunities.

Registered Charity 1112185

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URGENT NOTICE

SERVICE REDUCTION APRIL 2017

 

As many of you will be aware, Home-Start has spent much of 2016 conscious of a reduction in the funds that are needed to operate to its current levels. Throughout 2016 Home-Start staff, trustee and volunteers worked hard at fundraising and many of you got involved with that – we are so grateful to those of you who did.

Many applications have been made to a variety of Foundations and Trusts. Some have been successful but sadly, the larger applications have not.

Now, despite our best efforts and despite striving to keep providing support to families without any reduction we have now reached the point where the only means of survival is to reduce in size and revert to a core service.

At the start of 2016 the Home-Start staff team was 13 strong with a volunteer team of approximately 120. In June 2016 this was reduced to a staff team of 9 with approximately 100 volunteers.

From 3rd April 2017 the staff team will reduce further to 4 – a Senior Co-ordinator, 2 FTE co-ordinators and an administrator. 5 paid staff will be made redundant.

This will obviously impact on the number of families that we can support and the number of volunteers that we can support in the delivery of that support. The Home-Start Board of Trustees and management are currently working to reduce the number of those families in the least impactful way. The final outcome of this service reduction will be shared with our funders and partners as soon as possible.

This situation does mean that Home-Start needs to close for referrals for the foreseeable future whilst it manages the re-structure internally. Any referrals that are received will be returned to the referrer with an explanation. The situation will be reviewed in April.

It is obviously with great sadness and regret that Home-Start is diminishing but we will continue to emphasise on quality, flexibility, child focus and attention to detail and work to secure further funds to allow for continuation.

 

Click on the Finding Your Feet image to read a moving account of one of our parents

 

 

SERVICE REDUCTION APRIL 2017