Could you offer support to a family raising young children?
Home-Start - a brilliant organisation- is looking for volunteers.
For more information click on Home-Start.
Home-Start is for families living in the Suffolk Coastal District, who have at least one child under 5 years of age. Families may need support for many reasons; coping with postnatal illness, a child’s disability, family breakdown, or bereavement, or maybe feeling isolated and unable to connect with the local community. Whatever the reason Home-Start provides non-judgemental practical and emotional support and helps build confidence and ability to cope.
Our parent volunteers visit weekly for 2-3 hours. Generally we say that volunteers are not ‘cooks, cleaners or babysitters’, what they can do is be an extra pair of hands, or listening ears, they may accompany families to appointments, groups, or even the supermarket! But first of all they’ll be a friend.
Home-Start also runs Family Groups in Leiston, Felixstowe, and Woodbridge
Family groups provide parents in need of support with a safe, stimulating environment where they feel accepted, included and encouraged to play with their children and make new friends.
Family groups are much smaller then mother & toddler groups, with up to eight families attending a session.
If you are interested in supporting a local family, we run courses throughout the year, or If you are interested in receiving support from the scheme (Suffolk Coastal only) please give us a call on 01394 389402, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website.
For a volunteer application form or referral form please click here.