Grant of £2,200 is given to charity

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A CHARITY has received more than £2,000 thanks to a grant.

Home Start Meon Valley, in Wickham, has received £2,200 to train and prepare 10 new volunteers to support disadvantaged families with at least one child under five years old.

The new volunteers will be matched to a family referred to the service and provide one-to-one support, friendship and practical help.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation which offers grants to charities for projects that help disadvantaged people.

Tracy Micklethwaite, funding support officer at Home Start Meon Valley, said: ‘We are delighted that this funding will allow us to increase our army of dedicated volunteers and in turn reach out to a further 10 families initially and then many more in the future.

‘We work with the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach isolated families, experiencing a whole range of disadvantage and who are unlikely to engage with mainstream services.’