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Home-Start Elmbridge has received a welcome funding boost of £5,000 from Walton Charity to enable them to continue their Carer Support project which has been in operation since late April 2017. The funding will contribute to the cost of the role of the Parent Carer Support Coordinator whose responsibility is to provide support to local families where a member of the family has a disability, or is suffering an illness, helping parent carers and families to care with confidence and improve the general quality of life for both themselves and the children they care for.  To date the project has been very successful and Home-Start Elmbridge has worked with 37 families that have been referred due to disabilities or illness. The Parent Carer Support Coordinator visits families in their own home, offers advice and information (such as support with disability benefits) and provides advocacy and empowerment for parents to ensure they are getting all the support they need.

Carol Hodges, Home-Start Elmbridge’s scheme manager said: “The difference that this unique and tailored support in the families own home, is often life changing. The feedback that we receive from families emphasises just how crucial this service is.”

Andrea Watson, Head of Community Programs at Walton Charity said “We were delighted to have been able to provide this financial support, which came from the residual funds from Carer Support Elmbridge which ceased providing support to local carers in March 2017.  Any organisations providing support for carers living in Elmbridge who would like to know more about the Carer Support Elmbridge Fund, should contact  Andrea Watson on 0203 328 0247 or e mail her (

If you would like to know more about Home-Start Elmbridge's work, please visit their website