A CHARITY which aims to give children the best start in life will celebrate the efforts of its volunteers with a high tea.

Home-Start Bridgwater Area is holding the event at the Victoria Park Community Centre on Friday, June 6, from 2pm-3.30pm.

The event is part of the 30th anniversary National Volunteers week, which runs from June 1 to 7.

Volunteers from Home-Start Bridgwater Area work across Sedgemoor giving support to parents in their homes.

They provide support, friendship and practical help to Sedgemoor families who have at least one child under five and who are dealing with issues including isolation, loneliness, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability, poverty, unemployment and family breakdown.

Last year, Home-Start Bridgwater Area volunteers gave 892 hours of their time, supporting 31 families with 69 children.

Tina Hamilton, chair of Home-Start Bridgwater Area, said: “Without our volunteers, Home-Start would simply not exist.

“We are delighted to be able to take this opportunity, during National Volunteers Week, to recognise their contribution and thank them for the work they put in throughout the year.

“They make a real difference to families in Sedgemoor and to the communities in which they live and work.”