Local charity receives £215,000 funding boost

A WIGTOWNSHIRE charity has received a funding boost this week from the Big Lottery Fund.

Home-Start Wigtownshire, which helps families cope with daily life through a range of volunteer work, was given just under £215,000 to help fund a five-year programme working with children under five years old at groups held in Newton Stewart, Sorbie and Stranraer.

The £214,716 boost will allow the organisation to work with isolated families and children to improve their social, emotional and physical development.

Co-Ordimator Mary Wilson said: “We are delighted at Home-Start Wigtownshire to receive further funding from the Big Lottery Fund which will mean stability and continuity for all of our family groups throughout Wigtownshire for the next five years – it’s that stability that means those we help can rely on us for longer.”

Parents and carers will receive one to one support and for mums like Alison it’s a service that can make all the difference.

She tells: “When I first heard about the group I was at a really low point. I went along to the group with my daughter and I didn’t really know what to expect. Now every time I leave the group I feel really happy about myself. Everyone there listens to you and asks you about yourself, I have never had that before. It’s really nice to be included and I’ve made new friends and we do lots of things together.

“It’s a small group and everyone there had been at the same point and now we all have someone there to talk to, to make you a coffee, to listen to you. I would be totally lost without it.”

Contact Home-Start on 01776 706984 or email homestartwig@aol.com.