Devizes MP Danny Kruger has lent his support to family charity Home-Start Kennet to help highlight support available for young families, or those facing difficult times, and raise awareness of a valuable local service.
Lockdown and pandemic has made life very difficult for many over the past year. Many of the usual routes (through parenting groups or conversations in schools) in which a family might connect with Home-Start Kennet were cut off by the lockdown. But Home-Start Kennet have been very keen that any families who might need them are made aware of what Home-Start Kennet can do, and kept informed as to how they can still access support in these turbulent times.
Danny coordinated a letter campaign, sending information about Home-Start Kennet and their posters/leaflets to churches, schools, parish councils, childcare providers and doctors’ surgeries throughout the constituency.
He said: “Home-Start Kennet have changed their ways of working over the past year, but their message remains the same. Where home support is currently not possible, due to social distancing rules, phone support and outdoor visiting (in line with government guidelines) has been put in place, and they have also launched a text service to make accessing help even easier.”
Joanne Kent of Home-Start Kennet said: “We really appreciate Danny’s help in raising our profile. Covid has impacted our home-visiting service but we are still very much here – giving emotional and practical support to young families who are experiencing difficult times. We can’t wait to return to supporting families in the home, but in the meantime, we offer ‘walk and talk’ support and phone support – and are launching an outdoor group soon! Families can contact us by texting FAMILY to 66777 or visiting our website. Thank you, Danny, for helping to spread the word!”