Cllr Lavinia Hadingham, Councillor for Fressingfield and newly elected Chair of Mid Suffolk District Council, has named Mid Suffolk Home-Start as her Chair’s Charity for the year.
Mid Suffolk Home-Start is a charity that recruits and trains volunteers who have parenting experience themselves and offer families informal, friendly and confidential support. Their work is all about the early intervention that prevents a situation turning into a crisis. The charity seeks to empower parents to help themselves through the support of volunteers who have parenting experience themselves.
Cllr Hadingham was elected Chair of Mid Suffolk District Council at the meeting on Monday 20 May. She succeeds Cllr Derrick Haley, who stepped down following two years as Chairman.
Cllr Hadingham was first elected to Mid Suffolk District Council in 2015, representing Fressingfield ward including Mendham, Metfield, Syleham, Weybread, Wingfield and Fressingfield.
While a member of Mid Suffolk District Council, Cllr Hadingham has represented the council on several outside bodies and served as Vice-Chair of Mid Suffolk’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee for three years as well as sitting on the council’s Development Control Committee A.
Cllr Lavinia Hadingham, newly elected Chair of Mid Suffolk District Council: “Having been a mother to three children, including one born when I was living in New Zealand far away from my wider family, I know just how stressful life can be if you do not have the help and support from your family once you have children. I came across Home Start when I went to a talk at the local Baptist Church and was asked to volunteer. Organisations such as Home Start offer invaluable support to families with young children who have no-one else around to give that and they help families make the old saying a reality: happy mum, happy home.”
Carol Read, Chairman of Home Start Mid Suffolk, said: “On behalf of everyone at Home-Start Mid and West Suffolk, I am delighted and would like to thank Cllr Lavinia Hadingham, as the newly elected Chair of Mid Suffolk District Council, for choosing Home-Start Mid and West Suffolk as her chosen charity for 2019-20.”