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For Charity CH02 - Festival 25.

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Sep. 2021

Young families in South East Dorset supported by Freemasonry

The East Dorset based family charity Home Start received a grant of £14,400 over the next three years from the Masonic Charitable Foundation to help them support young families struggling as a direct result of the Pandemic.

Home Start offer a tailored support service to young families in South East Dorset, covering an area from Christchurch in the east to Wareham and the Purbecks in the west and Cranborne Chase in the North.

Helping young families to:

•Establishing routines for your little ones and your home.
•Strengthening your relationship with your child or children.
•Improving your child's physical and emotional health.
•Improving your physical and emotional health.
•Learning new parenting skills — we've got some great tips and tricks!
•Feeling less lonely and isolated by recommending local services and groups.
•Reducing stress from family conflict.
•Meeting other people who are in the same boat by helping you make new connections.

Caroline Pope from the charity said:

'Your generous grant has enabled us to support six vulnerable families with young children in the local area. Many of our referrals are already struggling with mental health issues including depression, isolation and anxiety. The last 18 months have exacerbated these situations and left many parents in need of the specialist support that Home Start offers.

Going forward, due to your support we will be able to provide more in-depth help by providing additional services to cope with the high demand. The funds you are providing will greatly help us put measures in place to ensure disadvantaged families get the support they desperately need.'

This grant was made possible with help of funds raised by Dorset Freemasons for Festival 25.

To find out more about the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the work it does please click here.

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