A local Bicester charity has received £300 from David Wilson Homes’ Community Chest fund, allowing the charity to continue supporting to families in the area.

Home-Start Oxford and Bicester, which recruits and trains volunteers to support struggling parents with children under the age of five, applied for the money through the homebuilders’ Community Chest initiative, set-up to support local causes in and around its nearby De Lacy Fields development in Kingsmere Village, Bicester.

Karen Porter, Senior Coordinator at the charity, says the money will be put towards training and supporting volunteers. She said; “We are always on the lookout to train and develop people who would like to help struggling families in the area. Volunteers offer befriending support with practical and emotional advice in the home for families who are having difficulties managing parenting for a variety of different reasons.

“Our volunteers offer practical and emotional support, they should be parents or have relevant experience and they must be able to commit to one visit per week. This is important because we can spend weeks or even months helping parents to cope in difficult situations.”

Steve Barton, Senior Sales Manager for David Wilson Homes Mercia commented, “We launched our Community Chest initiative in 2013 with the hope that we’d be able to support the community around De Lacy Fields. Home-Start is an established charity and a very worthwhile cause, offering a fantastic service and we are only too pleased to help.”

De Lacy Fields is located in Kingsmere Village, Bicester and has a range of three, four and five bedroom houses available, priced from £320,000. For more information please call the sales centre on 01869 253 019 open daily between 10am and 5pm.

Alternatively, please call the sales hotline on 0844 811 3322 open seven days a week from 8am to 9pm or log on to www.dwh.co.uk.

David Wilson Homes Mercia has been merited the maximum five star official rating from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) for the fifth year in a row. The news was announced after more than 20,000 new home buyers across the country took part in this year’s HBF customer satisfaction survey.

To apply for funding go online at www.dwhcommunityconnections.co.uk, fill out the simple form and a member of the David Wilson Homes Mercia team will be in touch.