School-Home Support (SHS) is the charity I have selected to partner with for the next 12 months.
Did you know?
Over 4 million children in the UK are growing up in poverty – 30% of the total number of children – and don’t always have food in the house
1.6 million children in the UK live in housing that is overcrowded, temporary, or dilapidated
These children who have done nothing wrong need champions and to access good education effectively so their lives can improve now and in the future.
SHS has been going for over 30 years and helps disadvantaged children and young people overcome barriers to education, such as poverty, housing issues and mental health issues by working closely with families. I agree with their philosophy that a child will never achieve their best in school if they’re hungry or worried about something going on at home.
SHS helps families with things like self-care, nutrition, money saving and parenting all of which are topics I cover on this blog so it seemed a great charity to get involved with on a longer-term basis.
As a former charity worker, I am delighted to promote a charity that takes such a holistic approach to supporting families and children. Often problems can seem to come all at once and as mere humans we can struggle to cope emotionally and practically when this happens. I was moved by Wendy’s story and it resonated with me as I suspect a lot of the people I counselled who were in debt back in my Citizens Advice Bureau days were also incredibly worried about the impact of their troubles on their children.
It is good to know SHS can get involved on so many different levels to help families move forward positively one baby step at a time. I hope you find ways to support the charity and I am delighted that they will be offering expertise from their practitioners via my blog.
I am really excited about this partnership with School-Home Support and look forward to sharing more about this wonderful charity over the coming months.