BRIDLINGTON’S Homestart service is set to close next week as computer and office equipment is put up for sale.
Despite protests and a petition to save Homestart in Bridlington, time has finally run out as government cuts finally take effect.
The closure of Homestart Bridlington and Driffield, which runs from the Resource Centre on Victoria Road, has led to fears that families in need of help will suffer without the support of the service.
Homestart employs three members of staff, with 30 volunteers and has helped support over 70 families over the past year working on issues such as post-natal illness, isolation, bereavement, domestic abuse and depression.
Rita Pygott, the chair of the board of trustees, said: “We close on Friday April 27 and staff will be having a farewell meal at a restaurant in Sewerby next Tuesday.
“One of the staff has managed to get another job and the others are still looking. We are all so sad for the families we will no longer be able to help.
“I think there are going to be a lot of families that are going to miss the service and the support we have been able to give and I worry that Children’s Services are not going to be able to give them the time they need.
“It is really important now that we sell these items to settle a few debts that we have.”
One Bridlington couple that have benefited from the Homestart service are Neil and Tracy Fearn and their three young children McKenzie, Thomas and Ebony, who organised a petition to try and save Homestart.
Neil said: “I’m really sad to see it go. We decided to do this petition because they have been absolutely brilliant in the way they have helped me and my family.
“I don’t think other services will be able to cope as well without the things that Homestart have been doing. Other services are already saying they are stretched and this is only going to make things harder for them.”
The following items from Homestart are for sale: 2 computer bundles – 1 x Dell Vostro 230 Tower with Windows 7 Professional, 1 x Avidav flat screen multimedia monitor, 1 x Gygabyte technology keyboard and 1 x Gygabyte technology mouse.
In addition to the computer equipment a stationery cupboard, 2 x cork noticeboards, a metal 4 draw filing cabinet, a flip chart stand, an office guillotine, a HSM straight cut shredder, a Nobo 6 part display stand and a Panasonic set of 4 telephones are also up for sale.
If you are interested in buying any of the mentioned items, pop into the Homestart office at the Resource Centre on Victoria Road between 10am and 2pm on Monday (April 23).