Home-Start Cambridgeshire looking for community volunteers
15:00 30 May 2022
A local charity that supports families through some of their most difficult times is looking for more community volunteers.
It comes after Home-Start Cambridgeshire saw an increase in demand for their services over the past six months.
The charity is looking for people who can spare even a few hours a week to help deliver their services, as the support they provide to families today “will last a lifetime”.
Volunteers can be paired up to support a family as a home visitor, take on a leadership role as a charity administrator, or use their skills to help with family groups or fundraisers.
Home-Start Cambridgeshire’s program director, Marney Connor, said: ‘The increase in referrals to Home-Start has made the charity more important than ever when it comes to supporting parents facing difficult issues such as isolation, loneliness, mental health, financial worries, disability and bereavement.
“We’re looking for people who can dedicate some of their free time and kindness to make a real difference in another person’s life.”
A mum who previously used the Home-Start service described it as “life-changing”.
A volunteer came to her house every week to hold her crying and colicky baby, allowing the mum to shower in peace and sort out the paperwork.
The mum of a Down’s syndrome baby born with two holes in his heart needing surgery says her volunteer has become an ’emotional support lifeline’ she didn’t even realize she needed .
Another mum received help cooking with her children in lockdown and a refugee family gained the confidence to explore their area thanks to their volunteer taking them outside.
Marney said: “Being a parent has never been easy. It can be lonely, frustrating, heartbreaking and overwhelming.
“Life-changing events can happen to anyone and that’s why we’re here – to support families when they need us most and we need more amazing volunteers to help us do that. .”
As a Home-Start volunteer, individuals will receive training and support to be effective and make a real difference to families in their community.
The charity’s next volunteer preparation course will take place on June 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oasis Center in Wisbech.
For more information email [email protected] or call 01480 700242.