Home Visiting Volunteer

My name is Sarah, I am a Mum to 4 children, three teenagers and a 7 year old. Being their Mum has been the most wonderful and rewarding experience but it has also been the hardest and most challenging thing I have ever done. I volunteered for Home Start hoping that I could use my experiences to help someone else make the demands and stresses of the early years of parenting a little less tough.

A year ago, following a fantastic 10 week preparation course, I was matched with a delightful family of five who had a young daughter of 7 and twins of 8 months and I have been with them since. It quickly came apparent that Mum and Dad were excellent parents but that Mum needed someone to talk to, someone to provide emotional support, friendship and encouragement along with the practical help of looking after the twins for a couple of hours while she had some well-earned time off, knowing the babies were safe and being cared for.

I feel that my 3 hours a week have genuinely made a positive difference to the family. For me, it has been very special to be with them over the months and to see the twins grow, change and mature. We have such a lovely time together playing, cuddling, reading and laughing and I feel very privileged to be part of their lives.

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