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Junior Ministers launch home-start's 25th anniversary celebrations

14 January, 2008

Sinn Féin Junior Minister Gerry Kelly and Ian Paisley Jnr launched a programme of events at Stormont today to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Home-Start's work here.

Home-Start provides a unique service for families - recruiting and training volunteers to support parents with young children at home. Over 650 volunteers visit families at home each week, support parents in situations as diverse as isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or those who are finding parenting a struggle.

Speaking in the Long Gallery Minister Kelly said:

"Sometimes it is the informal, short-term support, provided through organisations such as Home-Start, which helps to break down isolation and helps families to deal with the challenges of modern family life.

"We congratulate the Home-Start team for their dedicated work over the past 25 years and wish them well in their anniversary celebrations." ENDS

Notes to Editors:

The two Junior Ministers have responsibility for the co-ordination of policy for children and young people.

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