"My volunteer’s support has reduced my stress levels and she’s helped me get in touch with community resources."
Having a Home-Start volunteer has been a very positive thing for me and for our family. Her support has reduced my stress levels and she has helped me get in touch with community resources. The fact that I can schedule, organise and rely on someone once a week has been so helpful. I have benefited so much from having a Home-Start volunteer. Highlights for me are: support, a sense of friendship/family, being able to trust someone with the baby, an unbiased listening ear and benefiting from her local knowledge.
"My volunteer helped me connect with my babies."
I watched my volunteer interact with my boys. She would sit with them on the rug, playing games and singing songs, and they really loved it. It just hadn’t occurred to me that I could enjoy my children. Instead, I felt angry, resentful, tired and I felt like they had ruined my life.
My volunteer helped me connect with my babies. She modelled for me how to play with and enjoy my children and it happened in my own home, using my own resources. And now I enjoy playing with my boys. I like to be with them, and I enjoy their company.
"I was in a difficult relationship and feeling incredibly isolated."
I was six months pregnant with my fourth baby in five years. I was in a difficult relationship and feeling incredibly isolated. I read an article in the local newspaper about a service that supports families with children 0-5 years, and I decided to call the number. Soon I was paired with a Home-Start volunteer called Colleen. Colleen quickly became a part of my family, so much so that my children affectionately called her Nanny C. We shared many things and her input in my life, and my children’s lives is something we will cherish forever.
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.
"The most wonderful part was their raised voices calling my name as I arrived."
The most wonderful part was their raised voices calling my name as I arrived, and the arms outstretched to wrap around my legs or neck as I stepped inside the door.
"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.