Children and Families Staffordshire is a new organisation born out of the closure of Home-Start Stoke-on-Trent, a voluntary sector family support service that has been operating in the city of Stoke-on-Trent for 30 years.
There is ongoing significant need for support of children and families in Staffordshire, especially with the austerity measures affecting local authorities and statutory services. Indeed Home-Start was a unique service providing flexible, friendly and long term support for many families. Its closure means that there will be a gap in services and many families and children will go without much needed support. It is proposed that Children & Families Staffordshire will provide similar support to children and their families across Staffordshire.