Asda staff celebrate 50th anniversary with a donation to Home-Start Wirral.

Posted on July 28, 2015 - News, Recent Event

STAFF from Asda in Birkenhead celebrated the company’s 50th anniversary with a donation of more than £8,000 and a cake to Home-Start Wirral.
Customers and colleagues at the store were asked to nominate local community projects and Home Start Wirral received the most votes, receiving a surprise cake and a £8,695 donation from the Asda Foundation.


Kelly Jackson, store manager at Asda Birkenhead, said:

“We wanted to give back to a deserving cause in Birkenhead as a huge thank you for the work they do in the community – and Home-Start Wirral really fits the bill.”

“Everybody loves a party and a slice of cake, and as it’s our 50th birthday we wanted to celebrate with everyone who has helped make Asda what it is over the past 50 years.”

Set up in 1988, the Asda Foundation aims to have a positive impact on local communities, by providing support to a range of local good causes, chosen by Asda community life colleagues across the UK.

Home-Start Wirral reaches new heights.

Posted on July 5, 2015 - News

Despite recent challenging times, Home-Start Wirral continues to provide much needed support to local families.

Offering crucial support to families going through difficult times since January 2000, Home-Start Wirral started off with their core home visiting family support, growing and diversifying into breastfeeding support, new family support, school readiness projects, along with a whole range of different groups at the ‘Home-Start Hub’.

Home-Start is the largest family support organisation in the UK. From small beginnings, Home-Start Wirral has grown to be one of the largest Home-Starts in the country. 1,253 volunteers have supported 8,171 families and 10,185 children over the last fifteen years.

Eggciting surprise for Wirral children

Posted on April 7, 2015 - The Hub, Uncategorized

EASTER has been made a little more eggciting for children at the Home-Start Hub by Merseyside Police officers.

The collection was co-ordinated by Birkenhead neighbourhood team Constable Claire Walker and Constable Paul Farnworth.

Police mascot “Bobby” and community champion Debbie Layfield – from Tesco’s Bidston store – helped to deliver the eggs as well as a number of raffle prizes.

Officers in the neighbour team have been collecting eggs from local organisations for the last three years.

This year, Easter eggs were kindly donated by Birkenhead YMCA, Tesco in Bidston, ASDA Grange Road and Marks & Spencer in Birkenhead.

Eggs were also delivered to Claire House Children’s Hospice and Arrowe Park Hospital.


PC Walker said: “It was a cracking day and the smiles on the children’s faces were absolutely fantastic for me and my colleagues to see.

 “All the children that we came across received an egg and there are a huge amount of eggs left at these locations for children who may be receiving treatment over the Easter period, to hopefully put a smile on their faces!

“It was a real team effort, not just from the officers, who handed out the donations on the day, but also the organisations who kindly donated eggs and gifts whom I’d like to thank.

“It has been a pleasure for us to have brought a little bit of cheer to these children and their parents during what can be a very difficult time.”

Article and write up by the the Wirral Globe:

This Mum Can – Website Survey

Posted on March 17, 2015 - News

Dear All,

Home-Start Wirral are gathering information about the amount of physical activity women across Wirral engage in, to assist us in applying for funding in collaboration with “Tranmere in the Community”.
The funding will enable mums and tots to access activities more readily with support from Home-Start Wirral.
Completing this questionnaire will help us to evidence what Home-Start volunteers, families and services want and will gain from the project.
This survey can be filled out by any female…..please pass on the link to help make the project successful!

Critical changes to our Family Support service – Referring agencies

Posted on March 10, 2015 - News

FAO – All referrers,


I am writing to inform you that we have been notified by the Local Authority that they will not be renewing the funding for us to provide Family Support. Most of these referrals have come via the Gateway and directly from Social Workers.

Unfortunately the CCG have also decided that they cannot continue to fund our Sunrise Project (Parent/Infant Mental Health Support).

The following projects are still open, and if you would like information regarding the criteria to refer please contact the office on 0151 647 8369.

  • Bump-Start
  • Home-Play Project
  • Early Years Project

It is therefore with regret that I am writing to inform you that the support we provide for any families that were referred in to or Family Support and Sunrise projects will be ending. Some will be ended by 31st March, for others we will be able to provide support until the end of April.

Any families that still need support after this time who meet the Gateway criteria, and give consent, will be referred into the Gateway for the Local Authority to try and find appropriate support.

We will work closely with you and other agencies involved with the family to make our withdrawal of support as smooth as possible.

We have also sent a copy of this letter to the family Health Visitor so that they are aware of the situation.

If you require any further information, please contact the Home-Start Wirral office on 0151 647 8369.


Yours sincerely


Bev Morgan

CEO, Home-Start Wirral


Referral letter – funding cuts

Critical changes to our Family Support service – Volunteers

Posted on March 4, 2015 - News

Dear volunteers,

It is with regret that I have to inform you that we have just been notified by the Local Authority that the funding they have been providing for us to provide Family Support since 2009 is being stopped. We have also been told by Wirral CCG, who have provided funding for the Sunrise Mental Health Project for the past 12 months, that their funding is also coming to an end.

This does not mean that Home-Start Wirral is facing closure because we still have other sources of funding for all the activities at the Hub, the Breastfeeding Peer Support Service, the Bump-Start Project, and the Early Learning School Project. We also have a new Home Play Project starting on 1st April.

It does, however, mean that we will have no funding for our core family support work or for the Sunrise Project. We do have some funding applications submitted to other sources and I will be applying for other funding but this will not be in place for us to continue support the families that are funded by the L.A or CCG projects.

As you can imagine staff and Trustees are very upset by this news because it does mean that we will have to end support for families that still need it. It also means that we are having to make a number of staff redundant.

If you are a family support volunteer your co-ordinator will be in touch with you asap, but please appreciate that they have a lot of families, volunteers and referrers to make contact with over the next couple of weeks so please don’t worry if they don’t contact you immediately.

The first course of action is for co-ordinators to visit their families and explain what is happening and do the final paperwork with the family. If the family still needs support once we finish we will ask their consent to refer into the Local Authority Family Support Team. We will also be notifying the family Health Visitor so if the family do not want Local Authority support then at least the Health Visitor can monitor things.

Co-ordinators will come out to do one final supervision with all their Family Support Volunteers before they are made redundant.

If you are supporting a family that does need support to continue you will be able to continue to visit until the end of May and you will continue to get support and supervision but this could be by myself or another member of staff.

I know this news will be upsetting for many of you but unfortunately we, like many other voluntary organisations at the moment, are facing difficult times. We have been through such times before and come through it and I believe we will again, and would urge you to continue to support us in any way you can.

All volunteers , not just Family Support volunteers, are invited to come along to hear a bit more about our future plans and to find out how you can help lobby support for Home-Start Wirral, and support any fundraising initiatives. Also, to just come along and support each other.

If you can’t make any of the dates/times below but would still like to contact us with any concerns or ideas please do call or email me at the office.

Can you please contact the office on 0151 647 8369 to let us know what meeting you are able to attend by Monday 9 March. Thank you.

Thursday 12th March 6:00p.m – 7:00p.m The Hub, Woodchurch Lane
Tuesday 17th March 1.30p.m – 2.30p.m Training Room, Market Street
Thursday 19th March 10:00a.m – 11:00a.m Training Room, Market Street

Yours sincerely

Bev Morgan