New facilities for Angus support group

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AN ARBROATH organisation which supports families opened their new base last week.

Councillor Alison Andrews opened the newly refurbished Home-Start Angus centre at 27 Hamilton Green last Wednesday.

Home-Start Angus helps families who might be feeling the stress of parenting is too much by providing support and guidance from a volunteer with parenting experience.

A Home-Start volunteer regularly visits a family with pre-school children in the family’s own home.

They offer, amongst many things, an understanding listening ear, an extra pair of hands to help with appointments and shopping trips, a new playmate for active children and adult companionship for isolated parents.

Through the help and support of local businesses and funding from the BBC Children in Need appeal, the premises have been fully refurbished.

Alongside office accommodation, the premises include a playroom and kitchen facility for families who use the Home-Start service.

Since the launch of Home-Start Angus in October, 1994, over 800 families across Angus have benefited from the support of a home visiting volunteer.

Julie Thomson, senior co-ordinator for the organisation said: “This new centre is a great move forward for Home-Start Angus.

“As well as offering families the support of a volunteer, we can also offer a safe place for parents and children to come and take some time out of the family home.”

If you feel you could benefit from the Home-Start service, or have the time to give to volunteering for Home-Start Angus, Julie can be contacted on 01241 431131 or email homestartangus@btconnect.com.