Didcot-based charity launches campaign to find community volunteers

A charity that supports families through some of their most difficult times has launched a campaign to recruit more volunteers to join its team after seeing an increase in demand during the pandemic.

Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire, in Didcot, is looking for 10 people who can commit as little as one hour per week to help provide their much needed services.

The charity has not only seen increased demand, but many volunteers who have worked with them for a long time have stopped volunteering during the pandemic.

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Linda Cheong, lead organizer for the charity, said: “Home Start has seen referrals increase during the pandemic, which makes the charity more important than ever to support parents facing many issues including isolation, loneliness, mental health, financial worries, disabilities and bereavement.

“We’re looking for people who can dedicate some of their free time and kindness to make a real difference in another person’s life. If you have time, we have the role. Volunteer for Home-Start and have an impact on a child that will last a lifetime.

Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire is part of a network of over 180 Home-Starts across the UK whose trained staff and volunteers provide parents with compassionate, non-judgmental support.

As part of the home visiting service, volunteers undergo an extensive training program after which they are matched with a family whom they visit once a week.

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