Today's episode is with Yvonne Macdonald, one of the coordinators running Richmondshire's branch of Home Start. This is a charitable organisation supporting families with young children and their aim is for every parent to have the support they need to give their children the best possible start in life. Home Start is a global organisation and started in the Uk in 1973. It grew in strength and now there are approximately 200 branches throughout the UK. It is also a worldwide organisation operating in 22 countries.
The local Richmondshire branch was set up in 2009, has Baroness Brenda Hale as a patron, and in 2020 was awarded the prestigious Queen's award for Voluntary Services. This award was in recognition for all the sterling work that has been carried out by the staff and volunteers. Due to Covid restrictions in 2020, an invitation to attend the Buckingham Palace Garden Party was delayed until this year, and has just recently been attended by a longstanding local volunteer.
Listen in to hear about the work carried out by the volunteers as well as the challenges faced by the coordinators to raise funds to keep the branch going. A five year Lottery grant got them off to a good start in 2009 and since then, due to their location, and the close relationship they have with the army in Catterick, they have received funding from the Armed Forces Covenant, and Army Central funds, to allow them to continue supporting families on the Garrison.
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