Anwyl’s Amy Houlihan and Home-Start Knowsley’s Jess Quirk pack emergency supplies and children’s activity packs for families in need

A CHARITY supporting vulnerable families in Knowsley will be able to provide extra food parcels with help from Anwyl Homes Lancashire.

Home-Start Knowsley has seen a surge in referrals in the wake of COVID-19. Face-to-face visits and groups have been suspended, with phone support being provided as an alternative, along with emergency supplies.

Pam Bowes, business manager for Home-Start Knowsley, said: “We have 390 children and 230 adults on our books at the moment and have only reached about half of these families with targeted support. With Anwyl’s help we will be able to reach around 50 of those families, providing them with fresh fruit and veg, along with recipe cards to encourage them to cook from scratch, children’s activity packs and toiletries.”

Home-Start Knowsley is based just two miles from Anwyl’s Edenhurst Grange development of three and four-bedroom family homes in Bowring Park. Anwyl has made a grant of £1,000 to Home-Start Knowsley via a voluntary community fund linked to the development.

Originally established in North Wales and now in its 90th year, Anwyl Homes remains a family-run business with a real commitment to local employment and a thoughtful approach to the homes it designs, the developments it creates and the communities in which it builds.

Anwyl has funding still available to distribute to good causes in the Knowsley area and is inviting applications via email.

Matthew Gould, head of sales at Anwyl Homes Lancashire, said: “When we heard about Home-Start Knowsley’s valuable work with families in need we knew we had to help. It’s great to see that the charity has been able to adapt the support it offers to ensure that those who require help receive it. The combination of food parcels and recipe cards means that families will be able to enjoy hearty home-cooked meals, while the activity packs helped keep children engaged over the school holidays.

“We also recognise that it’s been a difficult time for various community groups, projects and individuals and are therefore re-opening our community fund for applications. We would like to make a series of small grants to extend our support in the local community and help as many people as possible.”

Find out more about Home-Start Knowsley via For more information about Edenhurst Grange see

Community projects in the Knowsley area can request an application form for the community fund by emailing