Appeal for Home Start volunteers

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A CHARITY which supports families in their own homes is appealing for volunteers.

Home-Start is a voluntary organisation, which supports families with at least one child under the age of five. The organisation recruits and train volunteers to visit families in their own homes, offering practical and emotional support.

Home Start helps families that are suffering with isolation, post-natal illness, relationship problems, struggling to cope with a disability or with the emotional and physical demands of having more than one child under the age of five.

A spokesman for the charity said: “Our families need various types of help – it could be someone to talk to, a shoulder to cry on or perhaps someone to play with or read to the children; maybe a bit of support to help keep medical appointments or find out what other services are available in the Ribble Valley.

“All our volunteers need to be parents or have some parenting experience.”

Home-Start is working in partnership with Ribblesdale Children’s Centre to recruit volunteers for the New Year to help support families in their own homes and help out at the nursery school, groups or the crèche at the children’s centre.

The spokesman added: “Volunteering for Home-Start and Ribblesdale Children’s Centre can help to boost confidence, especially for people who have been out of work for some time.

“It provides the opportunity to learn and try out new skills as well as finding out more about the work of Home-Start and the Children’s Centre and working for the benefit of the community. It could be especially beneficial for anyone considering a career in childcare.

“Our next volunteers Preparation Course will start on Thursday, January 19th, at Ribblesdale Children’s Centre. The course comprises 10 weekly sessions from 9-30 a.m. until 1-30 p.m.”

If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer for Home-Start and Ribblesdale Children’s Centre, they can contact Julie on 01200 443827 or Yvonne on 01200 423672 for an friendly and informal chat.