Home-Start Wirral needs to raise £3,000 to develop it’s own social supermarket for Wirral families to reduce their weekly shopping bills. We have piloted this on a very small scale, very successfully, and now we need support to raise the money for us to have the space, storage and stock to benefit families in need.
Growing up in poverty can affect every area of a child’s development and future life chances. Research shows that the most disadvantaged children are less likely to achieve their academic potential, and that they are more likely to suffer from poor health, live in poor quality housing and unsafe environments.
Living in poverty increases a family’s financial vulnerability and the stress of this can affect parents in several ways, such as struggling to provide a safe and supportive environment, being too stressed to spend quality time nurturing their children, leading to poor outcomes for children.
Home-Start Wirral can support families struggling with these issues, focusing on these two key problems:
- The immediate effects of poverty. Ensuring that those families in poverty or ‘just coping’ have enough to feed their families, heat their homes, and have household essentials and clothing.
- Lack of Financial resilience Supporting families to tackle problem debt; maximise their income; and to deal with budgeting and financial independence
Having our own social supermarket onsite will make a real difference to Wirral families at a time when more and more families are struggling financially with the introduction of Universal Credit, and more and more working families are living in poverty due to low wages and part time work.
It has been reported that one million children living in poverty will miss out on free school meals under Universal Credit plans, and many children go to school hungry too; our hope is that our Community Shop will help reduce the weekly shopping bill for local families to reduce the impact of these changes.