Become a lifeline for families in need

Home-Start Slough (HSS) is calling for volunteers to provide a much-needed lifeline to parents in desperate need of help, support and advice.

New volunteers ready to go!

Our new volunteers from the October 2013 course.

You don’t have to have any particular qualifications, but we do ask that you are a parent or grandparent, have a few hours a week to spare and can offer a helping hand and listening ear to a family in Slough or Burnham.

The free training course will start on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 and will be one day a week, over an 11-week period. The last training course in October last year, was very successful, but we still need more.

Our aim is to prevent a crisis and/or family breakdown by offering support to parents struggling to cope with difficulties in their lives and who, for whatever reason, aren’t getting the help they need.

Very often, we’re the last chance they have.

The course will cover subjects such as safeguarding children, how to recognise stress, helping parents and support and resources for volunteers.

If families crumble, communities disintegrate and children suffer. That’s why our volunteers are key in helping to enable parents to become stronger and their children happier.

The charity helps anyone, regardless of background, and at present, we have up to 100 families waiting for vital help.

Janine Edwards, scheme manager for Home-Start Slough, said: “Our volunteers are crucial to the success of our service, so without them, there would be many families in desperate need.

“No-one is immune to their lives suddenly being turned upside down, and this can be due to bereavement, family breakdown, post-natal depression or mental health issues.

“Many of our families need volunteers to help steer them in the right direction, give them support and show them they are not alone.

“We urgently need more volunteers to help us keep this much-needed scheme going and to empower parents.”

For more information, or to sign up for the course, please call Home-Start Slough on 01628 661029.