Lions Trevor Stratton, John Davies, President Ryan Hope, Kevin the Lion and Sally Smith, Grants Partnership Manager at Home-Start Wessex

Last year, Home-Start West Dorset was forced to close its doors due to a lack of funding. Home-Start Wessex immediately stepped in to extend its reach to cover West Dorset, including Dorchester, Weymouth, Portland, Bridport and down to Lyme Regis, along with its existing area, including Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch and across the borders of Hampshire and Wiltshire.

The charity is incredibly grateful to Weymouth & Portland Lions, which has stepped up with a £900 grant. This generous contribution will enable Home-Start Wessex to fully expand its work into Weymouth and Portland by training much-needed volunteers to support families in the local area.

Sally Smith, Grants Partnership Manager from Home-Start Wessex, said, “For the last 28 years, we have provided family support to local vulnerable and disadvantaged families with at least one child under five. We are working hard to keep up with demand, so that is why this £900 grant from Weymouth & Portland Lions Club is so important for us and will help us fully expand our services into this area of Dorset.”

Club President Ryan Hope said, “One of the main principles of every Lions club worldwide is to help children in need. I feel that this grant will achieve that aim. So, where there is a child in need, there is a Lion.”