Home-Start Lambeth is part of a leading UK charity that supports vulnerable, and often isolated families with children under the age of five.
A child’s early years are critical to their future and this is often a difficult period for parents, understandably sometimes it may feel overwhelming. Home-Start works with families to help them give their children the best start in life.
Home-Start’s volunteers help families learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. This help might be signposting practical support such as play groups or health centres, or listening and providing emotional support.
A rewarding experience
Sophia Ruck has been a volunteer for Home-Start in Lambeth for more than 14 years, she said “Often mums with young children are isolated – they might not know anyone living locally and it can be difficult with young children to even get out of the home, but visiting for just a couple of hours a week to offer emotional and practical support can make an enormous difference to the whole family. I have found it really satisfying to help people access local services.”
Train to help a young family
Many people who volunteer have gained skills and knowledge as parents or grand-parents themselves, but this is not a requirement.
All volunteers are given training and ongoing support so they can develop their own skills and help families. Home-Start request that volunteers commit to two to three hours a week for at least a year so there is continuity in the families’ support.
Home-Start Lambeth is recruiting for volunteers now. If you are interested in helping a family – and in developing your skills – apply now to secure your place on the June course.