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 confidence.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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