Home-Start Causeway launches campaign to find community volunteers for rewarding role in supporting local families

A local charity that supports families through some of their most difficult times has launched a campaign to recruit more volunteers to join its team.

Home-Start Causeway is looking for people who can dedicate 2-3 hours per week to help provide their services to families. The support that volunteers provide to families today will last a lifetime.

Whether it’s being matched to support a local family as a home visitor taking on a leadership role as a charity administrator, or perhaps with skills to help with family groups or fundraisers.

Karen Millar, Support Coordinator for Home-Start Causeway, said, “We are 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 Causeway needs to recruit 6 additional volunteers to help respond to families after COVID. The number of referrals is increasing while many volunteers who have worked with the association for a long time have stopped volunteering during the pandemic. New volunteers are needed to meet the need.

Home-Start Causeway is part of a network of 185 Home-Starts across the UK whose trained staff and volunteers offer compassionate, non-judgmental support to parents. 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.

One mum described it as ‘life changing’ when her volunteer came in every week to hold her crying and colic baby, allowing her to shower in peace and then sort through the paperwork. A disabled mother received help cooking with her children in lockdown and a refugee family gained the confidence to explore their area thanks to their volunteer taking them outside. A mum of a baby with Down syndrome who was born with two holes in his heart requiring surgery, says her volunteer has become a lifeline of emotional support she didn’t even realize she needed.

Karen Millar, said, “Volunteering is a wonderfully rewarding opportunity to give of your time knowing that it makes a big difference to a family in our community. It’s such a simple concept but really powerful. Our volunteers are of all ages, men and women, with many different backgrounds and experiences. Not all are parents.

“Being a parent has never been easy. It can be lonely, frustrating, heartbreaking and overwhelming. Life-changing events can happen to anyone. That’s why we’re here to support families when they have we need the most – and we need more amazing volunteers to help us do it.

If you can dedicate as little as two hours a week, you could not only help parents survive, but also thrive. As a Home-Start volunteer, you will receive training and support to be effective and make a real difference for families in your community. You will also develop transferable skills that can support you in your life, whether at home or at work.

You can volunteer to help in a variety of ways, including as an administrator, home visitor, family group volunteering, fundraising, helping out at a local office, or supporting through your business. Find out more here: https://www.home-start.org.uk/pages/category/ways-to-volunteer-for-home-start or contact Karen Millar on 07763114627, [email protected]

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