A VITAL service which helps the most vulnerable families in Redditch has received a £1,000 cash boost from a local housebuilder.

Reach CIC (community interest company) received the donation from Persimmon Homes South Midlands as part of its Community Champions scheme.

The group, based at The Space in Winyates, is a support system for many families and aims to reduce the perceptions of anti-social behaviour, improve health and well-being of residents, and improve the skills and confidence of residents.

Rachel Ind, from Reach CIC, said: “Many of the families who access The Space and who are supported by Reach CIC are living in poverty, are unemployed, are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse, have mental health issues, have experienced a family breakdown or experience ill-health and disability.”

The group is currently raising funds for its parent group ‘Space Rangers’, to enable both parents and children to become more confident.

Rachel added: “We plan to use the money for our new parent group where we will establish a weekly coffee afternoon, invite speakers to share information as well as provide activities for children such as weekly story song and rhyme sessions for under fives and messy play and art sessions for children and babies.

“We’d like to thank Persimmon Homes South Midlands for their kind donation and their help getting this project off the ground."

Reach CIC was awarded the money as part of the housebuilder's programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to £1,000 to match money they have already raised.