Home-Start turns 20

PUBLISHED: 12:28 12 October 2007 | UPDATED: 23:06 28 May 2010

Amanda Boyden, left, cuts the Home Start birthday cake, watched by  supporters, including Councillor Pam Potts, left, mayor of Whittlesey, and Councillor Jan French, second left, mayor of March.

Amanda Boyden, left, cuts the Home Start birthday cake, watched by supporters, including Councillor Pam Potts, left, mayor of Whittlesey, and Councillor Jan French, second left, mayor of March.

AN organisation which provides a lifeline to families in Fenland has celebrated its 20th birthday with a party. Home-Start trains volunteers to offer confidential and non-judgemental support to those with young families. Volunteers, parents and youngsters

AN organisation which provides a lifeline to families in Fenland has celebrated its 20th birthday with a party.

Home-Start trains volunteers to offer confidential and non-judgemental support to those with young families.

Volunteers, parents and youngsters went along to the Youth and Community Education Centre in March on Friday to join in the celebrations.

Home-Start regional consultant Esther Wildsmith was among those welcomed by the chairman of the board of trustees Sheila Tooke.

There were refreshments and a birthday cake provided by Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. The Open Chest charity shop in March presented a cheque for £300 and raffle prizes were donated by local firms.

Barbara Mackenzie of Home Start said: "Over the years, we have gone from strength to strength but we always need volunteers."

Volunteers must have parenting experience but are of all age groups from young single mums to grandparents. After completing a preparation course, volunteers are expected to give two to three hours a week to helping a family.

Mrs Mackenzie added: "It is a unique idea for helping families in their own homes and an idea which is very cost-effective."

During the last 20 years, 145 volunteers have been trained to offer support to families. Anyone wanting information about becoming a volunteer should contact home Start, Tel 01354 655900.

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