Home-Start South Yorkshire

Home-Start South Yorkshire to cease service.

It is will the deepest regret that we announce that Home-Start South Yorkshire is to cease its service to vulnerable families across South Yorkshire from the 31 May 2018.

It is a challenging financial and funding environment across the charity sector and sadly financial difficulties within Home-Start South Yorkshire have culminated in the organisation becoming insolvent. Home-Start South Yorkshire will therefore move to liquidation at the beginning of June 2018.

Home-Start South Yorkshire is committed to doing the utmost to protect and support the 300 vulnerable families it is currently supporting. Over the next two weeks it will be focusing its efforts on working with other statutory and voluntary organisations to find continuing support for these vulnerable families.

Home-Start South Yorkshire has served vulnerable families across the region for over 35 years, providing one-to-one family befriending support through its dedicated network of trained volunteers.

In 2016 Home-Start South Yorkshire began delivering services in Barnsley. In order to preserve as much of the service as possible unfunded activity continued while we searched for sustainable funding, which led to a serious depletion of the organisation’s reserves.

This loss of reserves, as well as an additional significant reduction in funding, brought about not only a large gap in Home-Start South Yorkshire’s funding but also an immediate cash flow crisis.

Cat Ross the newly appointed CEO came into the organisation in March and has been working tirelessly with Home-Start South Yorkshire’s board of trustees to try and bring about a change in the funding situation but sadly other funding streams have not been available. Therefore the trustees of Home-Start South Yorkshire have decided their only choice is to move towards closure by 31 May 2018.

The loss of Home-Start will bring a about a huge gap in provision for families across the region and will bring added pressures for remaining statutory and voluntary provision, but most of all it will leave vulnerable families with little options of where to turn for support at the most difficult times in their lives.

Home-Start South Yorkshire will continue to investigate all possible options, and are pleased Sheffield City Council has offered to work with Home-Start South Yorkshire to mitigate the immediate plans for closure if at all possible.

We want to thank all of our volunteers, supporters and advocated of Home-Start South Yorkshire and say we are deeply sad and sorry that it has come to this end.

Home-Start will be contacting families and volunteers personally, but if you are concerned you can call the Home-Start office on 0114 2788377 and HomeStart South Yorkshire will do all it can to support you.

BHP Corporate Solutions LLP, Sheffield have been instructed by the board and Trustees to assist with the formalities of placing the company into liquidation.

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