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Family charity searches for new volunteers

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

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A SEARCH for volunteers has been launched by a group that supports families in Burton who could be struggling.

Home-Start East Staffordshire, based in Union Street, is looking for a broad range of people who are parents or grandparents and ‘know just how tough family life can be at times’.

Now, bosses at the family support charity are urging people to come forward and volunteer to make sure those who need help can get it.

A spokesman for the charity said: “Our volunteers, who have parenting experience, help families with all sorts of problems, from the everyday to the overwhelming.

“They could be playing or reading with the children to give mum a break, helping the family to get out and about to a group or the library, assist with attending health appointments or provide a listening ear and words of comfort and understanding.

“The only thing we can’t do is babysit or clean.

“As a volunteer, people need to complete a five-session training course beginning Tuesday, June 3, and then spare just two hours a week during school hours, evenings or weekends to provide emotional and practical support to a family.

“The course prepares them for the volunteering role and will cover non-judgemental listening skills, values and attitudes, confidentiality and boundaries, depression, domestic violence and child protection”

A volunteer who has just completed training said: “It was a very enjoyable course with excellent trainers. I have met some lovely people along the way. Now I have completed the course, I feel fully prepared to help my first family – I can’t wait to get going.”

Anyone who is interested should contact Keddie Bailey, senior co-ordinator for Home-Start East Staffordshire, by calling 01283 566684, emailing homestartes@btconnect.com or visiting www.home-start.org.uk

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