Donate To Charity & Give A Child A Home-Start
We need your help. Donate to charity and help us give a child the best start in life.
This year our family and children’s charity wants to transform the lives of local children in Bedfordshire and Luton who are facing tragedy and hardship. With your help, we can provide vital support to children with disabilities, families suffering from physical and mental ill health, domestic violence and abuse, bereavement and more.
A heartfelt thank you for donating to our cause. Your kind donation will enable us to train volunteers who will provide direct support in the home of local families. Please follow the link below to find out the variety of ways you can donate to charity today.
How Your Charitable Contributions Can Help
- A donation of £5 will give a local child a Christmas present
- £10 will fund a Home-Start volunteer’s first visit to a local family in need of our help
- £15 can help a family attend a postnatal depression support group
- £50 will train a Home-Start volunteer, ready to go provide practical support
- £1,000 donated will help our local charity to support a family with young children in need for a year
Jane is a lone mother with three children under five years of age – Peter, John and Sam. She lives in a damp two bedroom flat and has no social support or family locally. Sam is severely disabled having contracted meningitis as a young baby and is blind and deaf and unable to walk.
A volunteer, Wendy, was placed with the family to help with the two older children who were displaying challenging behaviour which Jane was struggling to manage alongside the complex needs of her youngest child. Wendy, a retired nursery nurse visited on a weekly basis and helped accompany the family to medical appointments for Sam to look after the two older children as this was something that was very difficult. She also helped Jane with positive behaviour management strategies to which Peter and John responded well and brought activities along each week to play with the children. Peter and John’s behaviour is now much improved.
“Home-Start helped me get back on my feet after my son got seriously ill. I don’t know what I would have done without them. They are such lovely caring people who genuinely want to help.”
Names have been changed to protect identities.
Elaine was referred via her health visitor. She has three children aged 16, 8 and 3, and her youngest little boy has a disability which affects his speech, his ability to walk and his ability to eat independently. At the beginning of our support, Elaine was feeling completely overwhelmed. She and her partner both worked and juggled family life between them and were struggling to cope with the demands of looking after the youngest child, all the hospital appointments for him as well as spend quality time with her other children. Elaine had hit a real low and felt that her family was at crisis point. We matched her with a volunteer who visited once a week for 3 hours in the late afternoon. This enabled Elaine to spend some quality time with her middle child and gave her a little bit of respite from the demands of caring for a child with additional needs.
“I know it sounds silly that three hours, once a week can make such a difference, but it really did. She was the light at the end of a dark tunnel for us. She comes every week and lights up our home with her smile. My little boy absolutely adores her and I know I get to just have time with my middle daughter. We spend the time doing her homework, and her reading has just gone through the roof. It feels so amazing to just have that time to breathe, to think, to be…. I can’t even begin to describe to you how much it has helped, it has really changed so much for us and I feel so much better than I did a few months ago, thank you so much.”
Names have been changed to protect identities.
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How To Donate
Donate To Charity With JustGiving
Make a charitable donation online by going to our Just Giving page. Here you can make a one-off donation or a monthly donation.
Donate By Cheque, Cash Or Bank Transfer
Cheques to be made payable to ’Home-Start Central Bedfordshire’. Please send them to Home-Start Central Bedfordshire, The Annexe, Downside Neighbourhood Centre, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU54AS.
Increase your donation for free with Gift Aid. If you Gift Aid your donation, Home-Start Central Bedfordshire will continue to receive an additional 25p for every pound donated. Download a Gift Aid form.
To make a bank transfer, please contact us for our bank details using the contact form provided.
Donate By Text
Ready to take on a challenge and raise funds for our charity at the same time? For individuals and teams, visit our fundraising challenge page to find out how you can get involved. If you are a business, please see our business fundraising ideas to get started. We also have resources especially for schools wanting to fundraise and university students in Bedfordshire.