'Active Horizons' Homework Club Helps Young People Achieve

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds often have chaotic and dysfunctional home lives.  This is not conducive to a safe and focused place for young people to do their homework.  For some, doing schoolwork at home is just not possible.  This is where home-work clubs can be vital. 

The Active Horizons Homework Club, run by Hastings' Family Support Work, provides a vital safe space where children can come, to do their work in a quiet, encouraging environment.  Receiving support from the club leader, as well as from their peers.

However, unlike other homework clubs, Active Horizons allows parents to come along to receive help and support as well as their child.  The aim is that by attending the club, they too will grow in confidence, that will enable them to help their children with homework outside of the club setting.  In addition, as the children and adults work together, the adult-child bond is strengthened.

With the help of funding from the Fonthill Community Grant Scheme, the club is able to run on a fortnightly basis, offering help and support to 35 young people.  "We are so grateful for the additional funding from Fonthill Foundation" said the Club Leader. "We see such a difference in the young people, and their parents/carers who attend the Club.  They feel empowered to engage with their schoolwork and to take more educational opportunities that are open to them than they may otherwise have done.  The club members engage more fully with their learning, increasing their potential to achieve.  It is great to see them flourish through the Clubs help."

To find out more about Family Support Work in Hastings visit https://www.familysupportwork.org/about-us/our-people/local-deanery-committees/hastings/hastings-3/

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