Approximately 10,800 or 22.4% of children aged under 16 years in Luton live in poverty (Public Health England, Child Health Profile, June 2015). Luton has one of the worst rates of child poverty in the East of England and with the increasing cuts in government expenditure, it is uncertain whether this figure will reduce in upcoming years.
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Poverty can be cyclical in nature, affecting a child’s expectations of their own future. As highlighted by the charity Barnados, children who grow up in poverty are more likely to experience ill health, unemployment, abusive relationships, and offending behaviour as adults (Barnados, 2015).
At Home-Start Central Bedfordshire we believe that when you help the family, you help the child. Our charity is passionate about making a direct difference to the lives of children and their families in Luton. Our volunteers help local families, assisting in a variety of ways including providing support to lone parents, families in bereavement and helping families with children living in poverty. By tackling issues at home, we empower parents to give their children the best possible start in life.