It’s a vol­un­teer mile­stone

Middleton Guardian - - ARENA BOMB TERROR -

A LEAD­InG fam­ily sup­port char­ity is celebrating 17 years of fam­ily sup­port by com­plet­ing its 50th vol­un­teer train­ing course.

Open­ing in the year 2000, Home-Start rochdale re­cruited its first seven par­ent vol­un­teers to sup­port local fam­i­lies.

In the last 17 years, Home-Start rochdale has re­cruited and trained more than 360 vol­un­teers across the bor­ough, who in turn have sup­ported more than 2,000 local fam­i­lies who are reach­ing out for sup­port.

Home-Start re­cruits and trains par­ent vol­un­teers to of­fer emo­tional and prac­ti­cal sup­port to fam­i­lies in their own homes.

These are fam­i­lies who are strug­gling to cope for many rea­sons, in­clud­ing­poverty, iso­la­tion, poor men­tal health and ill­ness and dis­abil­ity.

One woman sup­ported by Home-Start said: “My vol­un­teer changed my life, I looked for­ward to her vis­its every sin­gle week.

“Just to know that she was there for me and my chil­dren and didn’t judge me, it meant the world.

“I am the mum I am today be­cause of HomeS­tart.”

It’s not just fam­i­lies that ben­e­fit from Home-Start sup­port – vol­un­teers also de­velop skills and con­fi­dence, en­hance their ca­reer prospects or go onto fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing.

Donna McKenna, man­ager of Home-Start rochdale, said: “At its core, Home-Start is an early in­ter­ven­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion, work­ing with chil­dren un­der the age of five, how­ever, due to need and high de­mand, Home-Start rochdale is now sup­port­ing fam­i­lies with chil­dren up un­til the age of 12.

“We now have our lat­est par­ent vol­un­teers trained and ready to start sup­port­ing local fam­i­lies.”

To find out more about get­ting sup­port from Home-Start, call 01706 629651 or email home­s­tartrochdale@ gmail.com.

Donna McKenna, Home-Start man­ager, with her very first group of vol­un­teers

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