Children’s author signs up to help family charity

LOCAL families charity Home-Start Wessex has welcomed bestselling children’s author Sarah Lean as their new patron.
Sarah, who is based near Wimborne, got involved with the charity in 2021 as a judge for its writing competition, designed to encourage local families to share their experiences using storytelling and reading.
During the judging process, she became more aware of the vital work that Home-Start Wessex does and how life-changing their volunteer services can be.
She said: “I was amazed by the standard of entries. Both the children and adults shared moving and entertaining stories and poems about family life.”
“I had the privilege to meet and talk with some of the team at Home-Start Wessex, where the atmosphere is positive, safe, warm and welcoming.
“The space for growth they provide is extraordinary and palpable. I am in awe of the work they do for families and delighted to be a patron.
“It will be my privilege to contribute in any way I can.”
Caroline Pope, community and corporate engagement manager, said: “Sarah went above and beyond in her role as judge.
“She was incredibly generous with her time, and I could see what a huge asset she could be to the charity.
“I am thrilled she has agreed to become a patron.”
Sarah’s first book, A Dog Called Homeless, was published in 2012 has been successful worldwide.
Her latest tale, The Good Bear, has been described as a ‘beautifully written, heart-warming animal story’.
Home-Start Wessex was previously Home-Start South East – the new name reflects the wide area they now serve across Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Purbeck, up to Blandford and Cranborne and across into the Wiltshire and Hampshire borders.
Since 1995 they’ve helped more than 3,500 families and supported more than 10,000 children through a network of around 600 volunteers, offering friendship, practical support and emotional advice to families facing difficulties, including poor mental health, post-natal depression, disability, domestic abuse, bereavement, isolation and multiple births.
Their service is in more demand than ever, and they are currently in need of volunteers. If you can spare two to three hours a week to help transform the lives of children and parents in our community, contact
No qualifications are necessary, and full training will be provided.
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