From our families

Kristina’s Story

"To have the practical support from our volunteer is just amazing. I’d be a mess without her."

Ann came today and was absolutely amazing like she always is…She walked into the house and I was almost having a meltdown. The baby was unwell and in hospital yesterday and my house was a disaster zone. She helped me get on top of things. I am so grateful, words can’t express how much having her come over has changed my life and helped me stay sane.

I know I’ve told you before but Ann truly is my guardian angel. I look forward to Mondays like they are Christmas Day. After having the girls in hospital on Thursday and my son sent home sick from day care, to have practical support from Ann is just amazing. I’d be a mess without her. Thank you again.

Jane’s Story

"Just having our volunteer come and visit us changed my perspective of family. "

I don’t think my volunteer realises that she actually saved my life. I was feeling suicidal and I was looking at being admitted as an inpatient at a hospital. But just having her come and visit us changed my perspective of family, by providing me with a little support and treating me like I was normal.

Christy’s Story

"I can’t describe how comforting it is to share the heavy load of child raising with someone who feels like family."

I’m an only child with no extended family and no in-laws. My mother died a few weeks after my first child was born. As the months passed, I realised I didn’t have an older female in my life to guide me with parenting, to tell me if my baby was normal, if I was doing a good job, or even what I should be doing with him at home each day. I read internet articles and books and tried to follow every single item of advice perfectly, in case I let my baby down. I started to believe I was doing a poor job and that my baby’s future was ruined and there was no chance of redemption. I self-harmed and thought about suicide. Every day, I apologised to my baby because I was such a poor mother.
Thankfully, my Home-Start volunteer came into my life. She is the wise older woman in my life who has experience with children, listens to my endless concerns, and reassures me that my children are okay. I can’t describe how comforting it is to share the heavy load of child raising with someone who feels like family, even if it’s only for two hours a week. I have no other family members or older females to share time like this with. Sometimes we just play with the kids, other times she helps me get to appointments. I have no one else to help me while my husband is at work, so my Home-Start volunteer is a God-send and I am incredibly grateful.

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From our volunteers

Ashleigh’s Story

"I am more content with my quiet life."

Home-Start volunteering isn’t wearing me out. It’s quite the opposite. My family say they notice the difference in me, which I can only put down to the fact that I smile a lot more, as I am more content with my quiet life. Especially when I compare it to the disruption in the triplets’ parents’ life! I am looking forward to my next visit. Thank you, Home-Start.

Carrie’s Story

"Knowing that you are making a difference in a family's life is priceless."

Volunteering with Home-Start has been the most rewarding experience. Knowing that you are making a difference in a family’s life is priceless. To witness first-hand the changes that happen from the first visit to your next and months beyond is phenomenal. Strangers become like family. Watching the children grow and blossom has been the absolute highlight of this amazing journey.

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.

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