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Angela on the right with daughter Izzy and a guest at one of her Home-Start tea parties.

Home Start volunteers needed to support struggling families

Home-Start Lambeth is recruiting now for its next training course for volunteers who want to help struggling families with young children. The high-quality 40-hour course is free, and builds on the volunteers parenting or grandparenting skills to help them give practical and emotional support.

Volunteers, who receive a reference after six months, commit to support a family for two or three hours a week for at least a year. And this could be anything from just listening to the parent to taking the children to the park

Fundraising tea

Local mother Angela Ryan is so grateful for the support she has received from Home-Start Lambeth that she has  now raised nearly £600 for the charity through a series of tea parties.

Angela on the right with daughter Izzy and a guest at one of her Home-Start tea parties.

Angela on the right with daughter Izzy and a guest at one of her Home-Start tea parties.

Angela suffers from fibromyalgia – a medical condition that causes widespread muscular pain and fatigue and makes caring for her baby daughter difficult. “Bending and picking up and carrying Izzy is painful and I also get very tired,” explains Angela. ” Getting out was a struggle and with my partner at work I was feeling very isolated.

Family support

It was the arrival of Home-Start volunteer Charlotte that changed everything for Angela. “Charlotte comes for just two hours a week but it has made a tremendous difference to my life – and Izzy’s. She can play with her in a way I can’t and I get a chance to carry out every day tasks that most people take for granted. And I get adult conversation. ”

 

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