Everyone who has had children knows how challenging it can be, but especially so for those mums who are suffering from post-natal depression, bereavement, isolation, domestic violence or the extra challenges of children with disabilities.
Home-Start Slough helps parents, with at least one child under five, overcome family struggles with the help of its fully-trained volunteers, who visit parents and their children for a few hours a week for a average of nine months per family.
Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do and provide practical help, emotional support, friendship and fun to parents who are struggling to cope and who, for whatever reason, aren’t getting the help they need.
Samantha Daynes, fundraiser for Home-Start Slough, said: “We help up to 100 families a year overcome many difficulties, which could affect everyone, regardless of financial status, religion or race.
“A crisis can happen to anyone, and we want to prevent families from crumbling and falling apart. But in order for us to do this, we need funding to support our volunteers, families and children in Slough and Burnham. All the money we raise, is done so by ourselves as we are not government funded and it can cost £500 to train one volunteer alone.”
If families crumble, communities disintegrate and children suffer. That’s why our volunteers work with parents at home to help them cope with the stresses and strains of parenthood so they can be stronger and their children can be happier.
To make a donation, people can either set up a direct debit or log onto www.localgiving.com/homestartslough.