Using my experience to help other families - Clare Patel
I'd been thinking about becoming a volunteer since my youngest started school last year. I thought about helping in a charity shop or homeless shelter but never took the next step. At the beginning of this year I came across a leaflet for a charity called 'home-start'.
Home-start is a national charity with schemes in hundreds of local communities. They recruit and train volunteers to help families with young children.
The volunteers become a support to other parents by visiting them in their own homes for 2/3 hours a week.
All kinds of families can find it hard to cope for all sorts of reasons, maybe because of illness, a child's disability, postnatal depression, bereavement or loneliness. Some might just need help with meal planning , cooking, budgeting or reading to the children.
Home Start appealed to me because it was a charity devoted to the family. As a mother of four 'reasonably behaved' children I felt I had a great deal of experience that I could use to help another family.
I'm yet to be assigned a family as I still have four training sessions to go but I can't wait!!
If I can make a difference and help just one family overcome their difficulties then I feel I have achieved my goal.