From our families

Taylor’s Story

"We are first time parents to identical triplet girls."

We are first time parents to identical triplet girls. My partner returned to work post parental leave and our extended families are interstate. I really needed someone to talk to and a new face for the babies to interact with.

Life with triplets is BUSY and this just increases as they get older. I’m not sure we could have coped without Home-Start’s help. Our regular volunteer has been nothing short of amazing with our girls. She’s wonderful! I would absolutely recommend Home-Start to other families.

Jenny’s Story

"It gave me the energy and motivation to get things done."

When my Home-Start Volunteer arrived each week it gave me the energy and motivation to get things done because there were times I just couldn’t bother because I felt alone and overwhelmed.

June’s Story

"I was new in town, didn’t have family support close by and I had two babies 18 months apart."

My Home-Start volunteer came into my world when I felt pretty low and out of control. I was in a new town, didn’t have family support close to me and I had two babies 18 months apart.

From her first visit, I felt like we were friends. She really enjoyed my boys, constantly praising them and they enjoyed her as well. My older son had serious separation issues and to see him comfortable with our volunteer seemed like a miracle.
Each week my volunteer offered an ear and an open heart. She encouraged me and showed me places where I could get help. She understood me and helped me to see positives in my life and in my boys. She would talk a bit about her grandsons, and I felt like I was almost part of her extended family.

Every single week she attended a local playgroup with us to help with my younger boy while I spent time with my older son. She even helped to integrate my big boy into a local occasional care provider. Nothing seemed too much for her. She was more than a volunteer. She was an angel.

The Home-Start program was nothing short of a lifeline for me during that rough time. What really changed my world was the heart, the strength, the genuine care and actions of my volunteer. I love her with all my heart.

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From our volunteers

Susan’s Story

"It's made me more outgoing and content."

Being a Home-Start volunteer has made me appreciate how very fortunate I am, and it’s made me more outgoing and content.

Vanessa’s Story

"Being a Home-Start volunteer has been an amazing experience."

Being a Home-Start volunteer has been an amazing experience. I love it. I was matched perfectly and now we are great friends. I’m learning more about friendship, child development and everyday life. I love seeing my Home-Start family and they give me such joy.

Jennifer’s Story

"Every visit is a highlight."

Every visit is a highlight. Seeing the smiling faces waiting at the front door for me to arrive, to the big cuddles when I leave. The best feeling is seeing the mum’s mood completely change from when I get there to when I go home; from sad to happy and with a sense of achievement for both of us.

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