I am more than a volunteer, I am a friend

We are currently seeking volunteers for our Home-Start program to assist socially isolated families in the local community.

Home-Start is a community-based support program available to parents with children under the age of eight who live in the Yarra Ranges.

The program aims to connect families to support networks and help parents build stronger relationships with their children.

Home-Start Coordinator, Freya Dugan believes a service such as this provides great support to families who might be facing issues at home or may just need a helping hand. Support is tailored to the family’s needs.

“All parents need support at some time with the challenging job of caring for their children”, said Ms Dugan.

"With more families requiring assistance, we need more volunteers in the program. Volunteers can help with attending appointments, shopping, reading to children and helping connect families to local support networks such as playgroups and kindergartens,” said Ms Dugan.

Volunteer Judy joined the program nearly a year ago. Recently retired from fulltime work, Judy wanted to meet new people in the area and get involved with her community.

Judy heard about Home-Start through a friend and wanted to learn more. After attending an information session, she joined the eight week training program and has since been placed with a local family.

“I have really enjoyed the training and getting to know the other volunteers. I have made new friends and learned about the struggles some families can face,” said Judy.

“I understand from having my own children and grandchildren, lack of support, sleep deprivation and isolation can make parenting very difficult and I just wanted to be there as a support unit for other mums.

“I like to bring joy to the household and remind the family, it doesn’t need to all be troubles. I am someone to talk to and a listening ear. I believe I am more than a volunteer, I am a friend,” said Judy.

Home-Start volunteers are linked to families on a one-to-one basis and are required to spend two hours a week with the families for a 12 month period.


To find out more, attend a free information session:
Wednesday 10 February, 10:00am-11:00am,
Upper Yarra Family Centre,
2444 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction

Contact Freya at home-start@connections.org.au. Call 03 9724 2222 or click here for further information.

 

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Volunteers urgently needed for Home-Start program

Connections' Home-Start program reaches out and supports parents who are struggling in their parenting role due to a variety of reasons by matching them with a volunteer who will offer a family friendship and practical help for a period of 12 months.

Home-Start aims to connect families to support networks and help parents build stronger relationships with their children.

Home-Start Volunteers offer their time freely; most are parents or grandparents themselves.

Volunteers are linked to families on a one-to-one basis and receive training, ongoing support and supervision from the Home-Start Coordinator.


Do you have two hours to spare each week?

Do you have parenting experience?

Do you want to give back to your community?

Do you like to learn new things and meet new people?


Find out more at a free information session

When: Wednesday 10 February 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Where: Upper Yarra Family Centre, 2444 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction

Contact 03 9724 2222 to register your attendance or for more information click here.

Home-Start Volunteer Information Session

10 Feb 2016

Volunteers needed to support vulnerable families

Leading community services organisation Connections UnitingCare is seeking volunteers to assist socially isolated families in the local community.

The community-based support program is available to parents with children under the age of eight who live in the cities of Cardinia and Yarra Ranges. Home-Start aims to connect families to support networks and help parents build stronger relationships with their children.

Home-Start Coordinator, Freya Dugan believes a service such as this provides great support to families who might be facing issues at home or just need a friendly hand. Support is tailored to the family’s needs.

‘All parents need support at some time with the challenging job of caring for their children,’ says Ms Dugan.

‘The program is designed for parents who are stressed, isolated, anxious, have multiple children or have an illness or disability.  It is about volunteers working alongside parents to help build their confidence and provide them with the support they need,’ continued Ms Dugan.

Home-Start volunteers offer their time freely and are linked to a family on a one-to-one basis and are required to spend two hours a week with the family. Their primary role is to offer friendship, mentoring and practical support to socially isolated families.

Home-Start volunteers receive intensive training run over 10 weeks and ongoing support and supervision is provided from the Home-Start Coordinator. Training is due to commence next month.

Connections believes that Home-Start fits neatly within its suite of programs and services and will offer seamless integration for clients to access this support if needed.  


For more information about Connections’ Home-Start Service, including how to become a volunteer, please call 03 9724 2222 or visit connections.org.au/home-start

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