Across the UK families are celebrating the great role of Dad’s and we can all appreciate how important they are to their children. For some people parenting comes naturally and for others for a range of reasons finding your feet can be difficult or daunting but help is on hand.
Home-start offers friendship and informal support to parents with young children, in local communities throughout the uk so that every child can have a good start in life. This support comes in the form for volunteers, exepreinced parents who can empahise and more importantly offer practical advice and support.
Volunteers will usually visit a parent in their home once a week for a couple of hours. How they help is really down to the needs of the family. Some might need a sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry on, someone to have a laugh with. Others may need help keeping appointments or accessing local services and ‘connecting’ with their local community. Homestart volunteers can provide an extra pair of hands to help people cope with everyday parenting situations, or practical help with activities like playing or reading stories.
Home-Start’s approach is very personal and friendly and this often reassures parents that what they’re going through is not unusual, that they are not alone.
Volunteers are given full training and support.
Find out more about Volunteering in your area by contacting your local Volunteer Centre or visit one of the below links: