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A CHARITY which helps families through tough times is appealing for trustees.

Home-Start Havant is asking for professional people to oversee its work supporting local families with young children.

The charity helps parents with children under five who are struggling to cope, either because of bereavement, or a multiple birth or due to a disability or illness of themselves or a child. Parents may even need help because they are young or live far away from their own families.

Chairwoman Maggie Short said: ‘We need people with a broad range of skills to become members of our board of trustees – from managers of small businesses and lawyers, to people with an understanding of information technology, human resources, finance or accounting.

‘Being a Home-Start trustee is all about governance. The trustees don’t run the scheme on a day-to-day basis – that’s the job of paid staff. They are responsible for the vision and strategy of the scheme as well as its finances, staff and property.

‘Whilst this is a serious commitment with legal and financial responsibilities, they have no personal financial liability as Home-Start Havant is a company limited by guarantee one.’

The 28-year-old charity is part of a national organisation. Locally it has supported 200 families last year with 470 children.

To become a trustee call (023) 9224 1234 or