Volunteers sought for local Home-Start

Home-Start Craigavon is currently recruiting volunteers who are parents themselves to support parents with young children at home.

The parents Home-start supports are those who may be finding parenting a struggle for various reasons. e.g. isolation, bereavement, illness, birth of twins.

Volunteers who complete the preparation course are matched with a family and visit once a week for two to three hours for practical and emotional support helping to build the family’s 

Simple support like a chat over coffee, feeding a baby, going with the family for a walk in the park or introducing a lonely parent to a parent and toddler group can keep a parent from feeling overwhelmed and isolated.

Volunteers benefit too as it boosts their confidence and self-esteem and is an opportunity to make new friends.

Home-Start’s longest-serving volunteer of 10 years, Margaret Young said: “I have stayed with Home-Start so long as we are well trained and supported and I enjoyed the social aspect.

“The most obvious reward in being a volunteer though is the sense of helping people,” said Margaret.

“When a parent says she doesn’t know how she would have coped without you, it feels wonderful.”

Home-Star welcome volunteers from all sections of the community (volunteering does not affect benefits) so if you want to support a family call Deborah Millar on 028 38345357 or homestart.craigavon@btopenworld.com

New Preparation course starts in October 2015.

Home-Start Craigavon has been proudly supporting local families for 18 years.

Find them online at www.home-start.org.uk