Local Family Support Charity Seeks New Volunteers

Once again Home-Start South Leicestershire, based in Market Harborough, are helping families with young children across the whole Harborough District. We are looking for new volunteers to join our friendly team. The next training course starts this coming September.

If you have a couple of hours a week to spare, personal experience of parenting, and are interested in making a new connection to help a local family in their own home, or in the local community, this could be for you. Full and comprehensive training is provided from the small staff team. As well as ongoing support and occasional social events to meet other volunteers.

Home Start Charity Focus

The charity focuses its help on families with children less than 5 years. But, in a new project funded for three years by the National Lottery, called “The Play-Full Families Project” they will also help families with children of primary school age. 

Families often face difficulties both as new parents, and parents with complex situations in their lives. This can range from financial crises to isolation and loneliness. Or from managing mental or physical ill health, and living with disabilities and long-term conditions. Warm, non-judgmental, emotional and practical help is central to the services given.

Stella Renwick, Charity Development Manager reports:

The help given by volunteers is bespoke to each family based on individual situations. So, you could be going for a play in the park with the children, helping the family get out to the library, or be a listening ear to a parent feeling stressed. We need lots of different volunteers, because we have lots of different families and a suitable match of family to volunteer is crucial. We’re hoping to attract more volunteers with experience as dads or granddads as these are currently under-represented in our charity and a missing positive role model in many families. We recruited two men in our recent training who are now helping one to one with families or helping in groups, and they’re superb!

For more information and to find other ways you may help, visit the charity website or contact through Facebook

Stella Renwick