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West Lothian Council Voluntary Organisations Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel donate festive hampers to Home-Start

Members of West Lothian Council's Voluntary Organisations Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel (PDSP) recently visited Home-Start West Lothian to donate Christmas hampers to help those most in need this festive period.

20 December
Homestart Hamper

The hampers donated by the panel members are just some of the many that the charity has received so far this year.

Home-Start West Lothian has been overwhelmed by the generosity of people in West Lothian following their appeal for donations of food, toiletries and sanitary products for the families they support. Over 50 complete hampers have been donated, ranging in size for families of two, to one for a family of eight donated by the charity's Board of Trustees.

Food donated included staple dry and tinned items and a few extra Christmas treats to ensure that the families have a very special Christmas.

Home-Start West Lothian supports any family living in West Lothian with at least one child under five years old who are going through a period of difficulty, including social isolation, disability, lack of family network and multiple births.

The family are matched with trained, volunteers who visit their homes and provide support through local groups to help parents to address any issues that they might be facing.

Allie Cherry-Byrnes, Manager Home-Start West Lothian, said: "Local people have been so generous, and have contributed significantly to our families having a fantastic Christmas this year, with the food shopping being one less thing for parents to worry about.  Our donors come from every area in West Lothian, from individuals, families, businesses and groups.

"Sisters, Annie (6) and Mairi (3) saved their money all year to provide a hamper for a family of six. Six hampers were donated by the staff from Shin Etsu, seven hampers (including Christmas pyjamas) were donated by students and staff at West Lothian College, 10 hampers came from Kuk Sool Won Livingston and Bathgate and then there are the hampers donated by the Voluntary Organisations panel. Toys and gifts have also been delivered from the St Barbara School.

"We were also delighted to receive a donation of presents from the Old Parish Church in Livingston and we are very grateful for the support from the staff at Cadence Design Systems who are helping us to deliver the hampers and gifts.

"I would like to say a huge thank you on behalf of the families who have received hampers.

"There are many ways for people across West Lothian to get involved with our work, by becoming a home-visiting volunteer to directly support families, joining our Board of Trustees, supporting our group work activities, or fundraising. Please get in touch by phoning 01506 415755 or emailing allie@homestartwl.org.uk to find out how you can support local parents to give their children the best possible start in life." 

One of the families who received a hamper said "I'd like to say a huge thank you for sending us a Christmas hamper; it was really kind of you and has helped to reduce the stress of Christmas. I really appreciate having food in the cupboards & bathroom supplies & the chocolates were an extra treat. Thanks a lot."

Executive councillor for voluntary organisations and Chair of the West Lothian Council Voluntary Organisations PDSP, Kirsteen Sullivan said: "The festive period is a time for giving and we were delighted to contribute our hampers to Home-Start.

"The work put in by charities such as Home-Start is simply vital in helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community and the people of West Lothian have responded to the Christmas hamper appeal with incredible generosity."

 

 

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