Home-Start North Somerset commissioned Steve Allman to write an external evaluation of their Big Lottery Fund project which supports local parents to develop skills and confidence.

Based in Weston-Super-Mare, Home-Start North Somerset recruits and trains local volunteers who support families struggling with isolation, low confidence, mental health and other challenges.

Steve visited a number of families at home to hear about the impact Home-Start North Somerset has had in their lives, as well as interviewing volunteers, staff and trustees and external partners, including funders and referrers. Julie Parsons, Senior Organiser, shares her experience of working with us:

“Steve made the evaluation process easy and straight forward for us and was always on hand if we had any queries. The final report is extremely useful in evidencing the impact of our Big Lottery Fund project and highlighting the way forward for our charity. We’ve also been surprised by the additional value we gained from the evaluation along the way; Steve has given us some very useful advice on how we structure future Big Lottery Fund bids and explain the impact of Home-Start on families.”

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