This is a picture of me with the coordinator and chair of Homestart - Cole Valley. They held their first AGM on Monday morning.
HomeStart are a charity with provides mainly voluntary support to families with children under 5. They have about 20 volunteers working in Yardley and Sheldon (and now Shard End).
Their funding comes from the PCT, Social Care and NRF plus donations.
Of course we now have a major delay on NRF (yet again) because getting the Regional Government Office, ODPM Nationally and various others to agree on what to do is relatively difficult.
The problem is that to do a good job with voluntary funding needs planning, but it takes so long to agree how to do things that everything is delayed then rushed. It is because government seems incapable of critical path analysis and as a consequence children suffer. (not just children)
Still the people are doing a good job for families locally.