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.

Kerry Prest