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Home-Start Ryedale’s new start to boost funds
A CHARITY which helps young families in the area is opening a new store to raise funds for its vital work.
Home-Start Ryedale, which is based in Parliament Street, Norton, provides friendship and practical support for young families through a network of trained volunteers.
To help fund Home-Start Ryedale’s work in the community, the charity is opening the second hand goods shop, at Butcher Corner in Malton, selling toys, clothes and baby equipment.
Volunteer and charity trustee, Dorianne Butler said it was an exciting time for Home-Start Ryedale.
“It is all hands to the deck to get the shop open this week,” she said.
“We will be stocking everything from bric-a-brac and furniture to ladies’ clothes, but we will concentrate on children’s items such as toys and clothes.
“All the money raised through the shop will be spent in the local area, helping families who need a friend and extra support.”
Home-Start Ryedale offers free and confidential support to families who have a child under five. Some may be new mums suffering from post-natal depression or women escaping abusive relationships.
Dorianne said during the past 12 months the charity has had 25 new referrals which is an increase of 60 per cent in the past year.
“The charity is seeing a large increase in families who need our help and it’s critical we find different avenues to fund our work,” she said.
“I have seen first-hand what a difference it makes to families in Ryedale and we want to be able to continue helping families get back on their feet.”
Home-Start Ryedale is also looking for volunteers to help in the shop as well as people interested in becoming home visitors.
Home-Start Ryedale co-ordinator, Jo Oliver said a training course will take place in September, which is the second this year.
“We desperately need more home-visiting volunteers to support families across Ryedale,” she said.
“If you are a parent or have parenting experience and can commit a couple of hours a week to our charity, we’d love to hear from you.”
Anybody who would like to help in the shop or would like some more information about becoming a Home-Start volunteer can phone Jo Oliver on 01653 693551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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