An organisation which provides support to young families across Ryedale has been given a £280,000 lottery boost.
Staff and volunteers at Home-Start Ryedale celebrated the news yesterday which now means the charity will be able to recruit more staff and expand its service into Southern Ryedale and The Wolds.
The £283,170 grant from The BIG Lottery Reaching Communities Fund will run over the next five years. Home-Start Ryedale was set up in 2007 and last year gave support to 42 families, with a total of 86 children.
One mum, a single parent of three from Pickering, said: “My Home-Start Ryedale volunteer has been a Godsend to me, and the support I get from her is invaluable. I don’t think I could have got through these very difficult past few months without her support.”
Jo Oliver, the charity’s co-ordinator, said: “We feel extremely privileged that the BIG Lottery can see the benefits our project will bring to children and families throughout the area. In a time when many charities are facing uncertain financial futures, to receive funds to continue our service for another five years is absolutely amazing news – we can’t believe how well our efforts have paid off.
“This funding will enable us to recruit some new members of staff to join our small team – something we haven’t been able to do until now.”