The Leicester office of Nelsons has completed the freehold purchase of 8-10 West Walk, Leicester for the UK’s leading family support charity, Home-Start UK.
Home-Start UK is the national organisation that leads, guides and co-ordinates the work of 337 affiliated community-based local Home-Starts. The locally managed and funded Home-Starts employ staff to train and supervise volunteers – currently more than 15,000 across the UK – to provide personalised home-visiting and/or group support to parents with young children, who are isolated or experiencing emotional, health or social difficulties.
The first local Home-Start was set up in Leicester in 1973 by Margaret Harrison. She went on to establish the national support organisation, Home-Start UK (originally called Home-Start Consultancy), in 1981 and though some new departments and regional offices have been set up in other parts of the country, many of its central support teams have been located in the city ever since.
The charity has bought a property in West Walk firstly to set up a national centre as a resource for all local Home-Starts, and secondly to bring many of its own specialist teams together, to work more efficiently. In the longer term, the charity also hopes to welcome international visitors to the centre and offer facilities to other local voluntary organisations in the city.
Home-Start UK’s legal advisor, Christine Attfield says: “The move to West Walk will enable us to provide a comprehensive and enhanced national support centre for local Home-Starts and a range of new facilities, including a training suite. Our trustees see this as an investment for the future of the organisation.
“Also, over recent years, our central team has expanded and become dispersed as it provided the vital support that local Home-Start schemes need to carry out their work. We will be bringing around 30 employees from a wide range of functions back under one roof. These include the fundraising team, communications team, our training team, policy and research staff, legal advisors, the distribution manager, and human resources, IT and finance personnel.
“We expect a phased move of personnel from the beginning of March and are extremely grateful for a £17,000 donation of furniture and equipment for the building from the vendors, Grant Thornton.”
James Coningsby, a partner at Nelsons and lead advisor on the deal comments: “We are delighted to have acted on the purchase of this property by Home-Start UK. Our work included advising on various aspects of charity law compliance and exchange of contracts occurred in the autumn with a deferred completion to allow the seller time to relocate.”
Nelsons has a dedicated Charities Group which acts for over 70 local and national charities. The Group provides specialist advice on the strategic planning of charitable organisations as well as a broad range of legal issues such as: the formation of new charitable organisations and change of existing organisations to the new form of charitable incorporation; constitutional and governance affairs; funding and commercial arrangements; employment issues; property matters; dispute resolution and litigation; restructuring, mergers and acquisitions; and the setting up and administration of Charitable Trusts.