A helping hand for Peak families

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A HIGH Peak charity which supports families in need is appealing for new volunteers.

Home-Start High Peak is looking to recruit new helpers to keep pace with the area’s demand for support for families with young children struggling to cope with a variety of everyday parenting issues.

Anthea Smith, senior co-ordinator for the scheme, said: “There’s no shortage of demand for the kind of help we offer, and in the current climate, giving children the best possible start in life is more important than ever.

“Our existing volunteers can’t commit to helping families for the rest of their lives, so we are always looking for new volunteers to strengthen the support we offer.”

Interested individuals who are able to offer an extra pair of hands and a listening ear, for a couple of hours a week, supporting families coping with situations as diverse as social isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness or disability, are invited to register for the next preparatory course for new volunteers, starting on June 13.

The course runs until mid-July and involves would-be volunteers dedicating a Wednesday and Thursday morning, to learn how the scheme works and how best to provide support. It also covers more practical issues such as dealing with different scenarios, basic first aid and the procedures for claiming expenses.

Home-Start High Peak has been recruiting and training volunteers to befriend and support families with children under five for the past eight years. In this time, around 500 families have asked for help.

The new volunteers will join over 100 others who have been trained since the scheme started to operate around the region.

There are no age limits but previous parenting experience or having had parental responsibility is a must.

Anyone interested in getting involved should phone 01298 72777.