Become a Home-Start volunteer and change lives

Home-Start Slough are calling on residents to help change lives and sign up to become a volunteer for the charity.

From January 2017, the charity’s successful free training course will start for those wishing to help families in the town get their lives back on track.

You don’t have to have any particular qualifications – just the desire to help parents who are finding life tough with a young family. All we do ask is that you are either a parent, guardian or grandparent yourself and willing to give up a few hours, one day a week over ten weeks to train.

Once you pass the training, you will then be matched with a family and spend approximately two – three hours a week visiting the parent(s) in their own home giving guidance and parental support.

Over the last 20 years, volunteers have been receiving specialist training to become a Home-Start volunteer before embarking on one of their most rewarding experiences – helping families in crisis.

Chair of HSS, Lesley Michaelis, said: “Our charity can only work because of wonderful people like our volunteers. For more than a decade, they have helped more than 1,300 parents and more than 2,100 children.

“Life can be difficult for everyone, and we all need a guiding hand and someone to talk to without feeling judged. Home-Start Slough enables parents to get back on track with their lives and in doing so, ensures their children’s lives are safe, secure and full of potential.”

The next volunteer training will start on Tuesday 19th September in Burnham and anyone wishing to sign up to the 11-week course should call the office on 01628 661029 for more information.

The charity helps anyone, regardless of background.

It costs more than £500 to train a volunteer to become a lifeline for parents. To become a monthly donor or to find out more information, please visit www.hsslough.co.uk.

Home-Start Slough helps up to 100 families a year get their lives back on track due to post-natal depression, child disabilities, substance misuse, domestic violence and family bereavement.

However, there are more than 350 families at any one time who need the support of HSS, so if you would like to become a volunteer, please contact the HSS team on 01628 661029.