Supporting disadvantaged children in Devon and Cornwall

5 charities in the South West that look after disadvantaged children have each been awarded £1,000.

Home-Start Exeter, East & Mid Devon was awarded £1,000 to help support parents and families from all backgrounds, such as those struggling with mental health issues or with children with disabilities. Home-Start trains volunteers experienced in parenting and matches them to families, to offer emotional and practical support to help families get back on track. The charity’s Cornwall service, Home-Start Kernow, received a further £1,000 donation.

Another £1,000 donation went to Action for Children’s Tiverton centre. The centre provides support for children and families including health visitor services, speech therapy and access to midwives, and they also run classes for parents, play groups and support sessions. Many of the families they support have found it difficult to engage with online services during the covid pandemic, often because of a lack of technology in the home. The Tiverton centre will use the £1,000 donation to buy tablets and devices for families so that they can access courses and support sessions online as well as helping with home schooling.

Also receiving a £1,000 donation is the Plymouth Drake Foundation for its Plymouth Children in Poverty campaign. This brought together a network of organisations working to eradicate poverty in Plymouth. One of their projects funds teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in the National Citizen Service programme, equipping them with work and life skills and building their confidence and self-esteem.

Finally, £1,000 went to Care for Kids North Devon. This charity provides financial assistance to families of children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, who are often treated in specialist hospitals outside the area. Care for Kids North Devon has provided financial support to over 120 local families, and the £1,000 donation will help them continue to support families.

Commenting on the donations to support communities around their latest developments in Devon and Cornwall, Nicki Reid, sales director for Barratt David Wilson Homes Exeter, said:

“It’s really important to us to make a positive contribution to the communities we build in and these charities were chosen because of the amazing work they do for vulnerable children and families across Devon and Cornwall. Now it feels even more important than ever to offer additional support. We are hugely grateful to the staff and volunteers at all these charities for their incredibly valuable work and we hope our contribution enables them to spread that support widely.”