Parents receive crucial support from volunteers
PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 June 2014
PARENTS in need of extra support benefit from the practical and emotional help volunteers can provide.
Home-Start North Somerset, based in Locking Road, has been helping families dealing with circumstances as diverse as isolation, bereavement, multiple births and disability for the past nine years.
A team of dedicated volunteers spend up to a year with a family, helping to build their confidence and ability to cope.
The charity can be working with up to 30 families at any one time.
Senior organiser Julie Parsons said: “We have got some really good volunteers, and we like to make sure we have enough to help as many families as we can.
“We are looking for volunteers from all walks of life, who are normally parents themselves.
“They need to be able to commit to 10 weeks’ training and have time free each week to support the family. The continued support is crucial for us to get results.”
Julie said volunteers are matched up with families and offered support from a Home-Start co-ordinator throughout their time in contact with a family.
They are also offered on-going training, and some volunteers are people going back into education.
Julie said: “We have around 40 volunteers on our books at the moment. Some have a little break when they have finished with a family, and we are looking to recruit around 10 in September.
“For some parents, the best part of the week is when a Home-Start volunteer goes in. They make such strong bonds.”
Home-Start North Somerset is recruiting people to join the next volunteer preparation course which starts in September.
It is looking for people from all walks of life who are parents or grandparents and can give up to three hours of time each week for a minimum of one year.
Call 01934 419396 for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form or visit www.homestart-northsomerset.org.uk