Family support service’s fight for funding

Home -Start volunteer Marie Oddy
Home -Start volunteer Marie Oddy

A service that supports families in the High Peak is at risk of losing its funding as the cash–strapped council looks for ways of saving money.

Home–Start High Peak is among the many non–profit organisations fighting to get financial help from Derbyshire County Council – at the same time the authority is looking to save £157million from its budget over the next four years.

Among the services offered by Home–Start, it puts families in contact with local agencies that may help them and it provides support to families in need both with emotional issues and practical issues such as cookery and budgeting.

Anthea Smith, senior coordinator at Home–Start High Peak, in Spring Gardens, Buxton, said: “Home–Start High Peak’s contract, along with my fellow Derbyshire Home–Start schemes, is coming to an end, and understandably at these times of cuts I am concerned for future funding of the scheme.

“I have seen that Home–Start High Peak local volunteer support works, and the recently commissioned research about the impact we have on our families showed impressive results.

“We do have some funding from other sources, however any reduction in funding will inevitably impact on the service we offer.”

Home–Start supports more than 100,000 families in 20 countries and celebrates its 40th birthday in November this year.

The county council is currently consulting families with young children on what they think of services provided.

The new Family Support Service Consultation will then help the authority decide where to spend its remaining money.

The consultation can be accessed online at or from libraries, GP surgeries, health visitors, children’s centres or multi–agency teams.

For further information
on Home–Start High Peak, call 01298 72777 or email