Charity launch for Sir Peter

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CITY businessman Sir Peter Vardy has kicked off his new charity that will use an army of volunteers to support families in crisis.

Safe Families for Children has officially launched in Middlesbrough with the backing of the council, police and other agencies and is now appealing for people to register their commitment to offering their homes and help to those in need.

Sir Peter, who has put together a team of experienced social workers and child safeguarding professionals, said: “We are not equipped to deal with very troubled families who are already known to social services.

“But what our volunteers can do is offer a temporary place of safety and care, respite or daytime support to families that are struggling before their problems escalate.

“This is a faith-based initiative and the local church and faith communities provide us with a ready made army of volunteers who are the quickest to raise and want to make a difference. Everybody can appreciate the vision and see the need.”

The concept has grown out of Safe Families for Children in the US, which has 900 host families in Chicago and operates in 14 other states. Volunteers can register at