Council staff take on marathon in aid of Newark charity

25 July 2019

A TEAM of council officers will take to the streets of Newark for the town’s annual half marathon in August in aid of a local family support charity.

Four staff members from Newark and Sherwood District Council, including chief executive, John Robinson, will be running the 13.1 mile course in aid of Home-Start Newark, a charity giving vital support to families with young children.

The race, on Sunday, August 11, starts and finishes in Newark’s Sconce and Devon Park and takes runners through the town centre and through surrounding villages.

The district council works in close partnership with Home-Start Newark, which is one of a number of charities that council chairman, Rob Crowe, is keen to support.

The charity offers specialist guidance to families across the district, supporting parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.

Each family helped by Home-Start is allocated a dedicated one-to-one volunteer offering tailor-made support that meets the specific needs of the parents and children.

Newark and Sherwood District Council chief executive, John Robinson, said: “All parents to young children know it’s sometimes tough. Home-Start is a brilliant charity and its work benefits not only each immediate family but the wider community as well. It’s more than worth the effort and pain that will be required!”

Home-Start Newark is also a main partner in the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement (SVPR) programme - involving the district council and other charities – which was set up to provide the necessary, dedicated support that meets the needs of each refugee family in the district.

This includes providing suitable housing in safe neighbourhoods, support to develop English skills to aid integration and provide a pathway to suitable employment, allowing them to achieve future independence and brighter futures.

The resettlement work was also recently ‘highly commended’ at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

Judges in the Municipal Journal Achievement Awards 2019 Transforming Lives category praised how the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement (SVPR) programme had been implemented in the district, commending the strong partnership work, passion and innovation of those involved. 

Sara Grant, senior organiser at Home-Start Newark, said: “Home-Start Newark is incredibly grateful to John Robinson and his team for all their hard work in training for and running in the Newark Half Marathon. 

“In these challenging times, fundraising activities like these are so important in helping us to keep on supporting the local families and children who need us.  We wish them all the very best on the day.”

To make a donation, visit the Local Giving page: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/homestarthalfmarathon/

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