Six volunteers join... as one says farewell

PUBLISHED: 11:31 13 December 2007 | UPDATED: 13:07 04 May 2010

Volunteers celebrate their success in becoming part 
of Home-Start.

Volunteers celebrate their success in becoming part of Home-Start.

SIX new volunteers have joined the Home Start East Cambs team as one of its longest serving volunteers steps down. The volunteers have just completed their 40-hour preparation course and will continue to receive training and supervision as they start work

SIX new volunteers have joined the Home Start East Cambs team as one of its longest serving volunteers steps down.

The volunteers have just completed their 40-hour preparation course and will continue to receive training and supervision as they start working with families in the Ely area.

Kasia Hugo, who joined the scheme in May 2004, said goodbye last month as she plans to move out of the area.

Home-Start offers emotional and practical support to families with young children across the district.

"It is brilliant that these people want to offer their time and energy to families who are finding life tough," said Heidi Welch, senior scheme co-ordinator. "Last year, we could help only half the families who were referred to us. As more parents and grandparents join Home-Start we can respond to more requests for support.

"Often families just want someone to talk to or a bit of help with their young children and this is exactly what a volunteer from Home-Start can do."

The scheme will be starting small discussion groups in their Ely office in the new year to help parents deal with children's behaviour.

The next course of preparation for volunteers will begin in February and anyone interested should contact the Home-Start office on 01353 663158 or email office@homestarteastcambs to find out more.

Any parents wanting more information about discussion groups should also contact the office.

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