The Charity Film Awards (en)
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Home-Start in Greater Manchester- investing in children's futures

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Across Greater Manchester there are six Home-Start charities working together to improve the life chances of local children.

Home-Start's volunteers support families inside their own homes, offering emotional and practical support to parents who are struggling to cope with difficult life-circumstances, such as poverty, poor mental health, domestic abuse and much more. All of these issues can affect a parent's ability to parent their children well and can, in turn, affect their child's early experiences of education and their school journey.

Known as 'School Readiness', (a top priority on the government's agenda), children across Greater Manchester are starting school unable to hold a knife and fork, socialise with peers, or even go to the toilet on their own. The impact of this can last a lifetime, with children from more disadvantaged backgrounds falling victim to the social mobility gap.

Home-Start volunteers are working on the front line of early intervention to address these issues and this film highlights how, through the eyes of three families supported by Home-Start, the charity and its volunteers are making sure all children in Greater Manchester have a good start in life.

The film ends with a direct plea for more local people to volunteer for Home-Start. With more volunteers more parents and their children can look forward to a positive future; in the hope that one day children from disadvantaged backgrounds, will have the same life opportunities as their peers.

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