Home-start volunteers are in training
TWELVE recruits have begun the latest Home-Start preparation course and once their training is completed, there will be 37 volunteers to support families across North Dorset.
Home-Start volunteers help families establish routines that make day to day living easier, play with and read to young children while mothers attend hospital or clinic appointments, take parents and children in isolated rural areas to appointments and help teenage mothers manage budgets and learn recipes.
They also support families from the women's refuge as they re-settle into the community.
Organiser Jamie Keast said: "I am delighted the service we provide to families in this community is now so well established and the help, support and friendship our volunteers provide is so appreciated."
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Home-Start is dependent on charitable donations and fundraising events to maintain and continue its work.
The Trustees say they are grateful for the financial support they have received from the community in 2013.
However, the number of referrals to Home-Start exceeds the number of volunteers and the charity needs more volunteers to organise and support fundraising events.
Anyone interested should contact Jamie Keast or Ruth Berry at The Exchange Sturminster Newton by calling 01258 473038, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.home-start-northdorset.co.uk.