It’s a volunteer milestone
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