One of Britain’s leading family support charities, Home-Start, has been confirmed as the official charity partner of the Scottish League Cup, presented along with ourselves for the remainder of the 2015/16 season.
The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) announced the new partnership at the draw for the semi-final of the competition at Hampden Park on Monday 9th November 2015.
We have worked closely with the Home-Start over the last few years on a number of fund-raising initiatives and this new inclusion further strengthens our relationship.
Rob Parkinson, chief executive of Home-Start UK said:
“Home-Start volunteers are changing the lives of families across Scotland, and we are delighted that our work is being supported by the SPFL and Utilita Energy."
“Home-Start depends on the support of local communities to help families and fund their work. I am sure this new partnership will help to raise awareness and support for them. I also hope that it will mean more families who need our support know that we are there to help them.”
SPFL Chief Executive, Neil Doncaster, said:
“Anything that can support and improve the lives of vulnerable families in Scotland is a very positive thing."
“The SPFL - partnering with Utilita Energy for this season’s Scottish League Cup – and working closely with Home-Start, is further evidence of the positive and powerful force that football can be in society.”
Utilita Energy CEO, Bill Bullen, added:
“The work Home-Start does for some of our most vulnerable families is both vital and humbling. We have seen this first-hand."
“Charities like Home-Start need all the help they can get and we are only too delighted to bring them on board to help raise their profile in Scotland. We hope – and believe – Scottish football fans will respond to Home-Start’s magnificent work.”
Home-Start launched in Scotland in 1984 and there are now 32 local Home-Starts working in communities across the country. Last year they supported almost 2,500 families and nearly 5,000 children in Scotland.
Recently the charity announced it is expanding its work in Renfrewshire to help more families throughout Inverclyde, and it will shortly announce the appointment of a new director for Scotland.
Ourselves, The SPFL, and Home-Start are planning a series of activities up to and including the showpiece Hampden Final on March 13.
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Home-Start was founded in 1973. The first Scottish Home-Start started in 1984. Now, 32 Home-Starts support almost 2,500 families and just under 5,000 children. Across the UK Home-Start supports more than 32,000 families a year. Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them – supporting parents facing tragedy and hardship and learning to cope with the sometimes incredibly difficult situations life throws at them, making families strong and ensuring children have a safe, happy start to life. Volunteers visit the family’s every week, tailoring their support to the needs of the parents and children whatever they are facing.
Find out more here.
Local Home-Starts in Scotland are:
Home-Start East Ayrshire
Home-Start East Fife
Home-Start East Highland
Home-Start East Lothian
Home-Start Edinburgh West & South West
Home-Start Falkirk West
Home-Start Glasgow North
Home-Start Glasgow South
Home-Start Leith and N E Edinburgh
Home-Start MAJIK (Mid Argyll, Jura, Islay & Kintyre)
Home-Start North East Aberdeenshire
Home-Start West Lothian
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