In the news Local insurer’s support for Home-Start Wessex helps build community resilience and support local families in crisis Home-Start Wessex is delighted to have received an amazing donation of £6,379 from NFU Mutual’s Bournemouth Agency. The local charity was nominated to receive the funds from NFU Mutual’s national £1.92million ‘Agency Giving Fund’. Leading rural insurer NFU Mutual launched the fund, now in its third year, to help frontline charities across the country. The Agency Giving Fund forms part of NFU Mutual’s £3.25m funding pledge for both local and national charities in 2022 to help tackle the ongoing effects of the pandemic and assist with recovery. To ensure these donations reach all corners of the UK and are directed where they are needed most, NFU Mutual’s Agents, with over 295 offices nationwide, were given the opportunity to nominate local charities to receive a share of the fund. John Heather, NFU Mutual New Forest, Isle of Wight & Bournemouth and Caroline Pope, Home-Start Wessex John Heather, Senior Agent at NFU Mutual New Forest, Isle of Wight and Bournemouth, said: “NFU Mutual has been a champion of local communities the length and breadth of the UK for over 110 years, and the Agency Giving Fund supports local causes that are working day and night to change people’s lives and give hope for a better future. We’re extremely proud to have nominated Home-Start Wessex for this donation and are delighted to be able to support the vital contribution they make to our local community in Dorset and Hampshire.” Caroline Pope, Community & Corporate Engagement Manager at Home-Start Wessex, added, “We’re enormously thankful to the Bournemouth agency of NFU Mutual for nominating our charity to receive this fantastic donation. The money will make a significant difference in helping us support families in need in our local community. These families are facing more challenges than ever, with the ongoing effects of the pandemic and the cost of living crisis. Childhood can’t wait, and we know that the help we provide can make a life-changing difference.” Since 1995, Home-Start Wessex has helped over 3,500 local families and supported over 10,000 children in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, the Purbecks, Blandford and Cranborne and into the Wiltshire and Hampshire borders. Their amazing volunteers offer friendship, practical support and emotional advice to families who are facing difficulties, including poor mental health, postnatal depression, disability, domestic abuse, bereavement, isolation and multiple births. Yet their service is in more demand than ever. These funds will enable the charity to train and support more volunteers, so if you can commit to 2-3 hours each week to help transform the lives of young children and their parents in our community, please get in touch with [email protected] No special qualifications are necessary, and full training will be provided. Find out more at https://homestartwessex.org.uk/. For more information about your local NFU Mutual Agent in the New Forest, Isle of Wight and Bournemouth, visit https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/agent-offices/bournemouth/.