Home-Start turns 20
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.
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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."
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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.