A charity which offers practical help and emotional support to Bute families with young children has issued an appeal for more volunteers to help with its work.
Home Start MAJIK has been supporting families on Bute for the last eight years by working with parents of children aged under eight to build their confidence and offering practical guidance and emotional help.
Co-ordinator Dee Hancock said: “Home Start MAJIK believes that children need a happy and secure childhood in order to flourish and fulfil their potential and recognises that parents play a fundamental role in providing this good start in life.
“For many parents however life gets in the way and family life can be overwhelming and sometimes it can feel like a struggle just to survive.
“Home Start works with parents to build their confidence and offer practical guidance and emotional support. This could be anything from chatting over a cup of tea to showing parents how to shop or follow a recipe to make a pot of soup which could provide a family with a healthy meal.
“We recruit and train local volunteers who are parents themselves or have parenting experience to provide home visits.”
Volunteers are carefully matched to families, and visit them weekly at their home for between two and three hours, giving one-to-one support to mums and dads.
“Sometimes just having a shoulder to lean on or a listening ear can make all the difference to a parent going through a difficult time, such as bereavement, relationship difficulties, illness of the parent or child, multiple births or several young children or being new to the island,” Dee continued.
“Volunteers play games or read to the children, help families attend appointments or help families engage in local activities that the whole family might enjoy.”
The charity covers Mid Argyll, Jura, Islay, Kintyre, Gigha and Cowal as well as Bute - areas which, despite their beauty, have a remoteness which can leave families feeling isolated.
In addition to its search for more volunteers on Bute, Home Start is also seeking to recruit a part-time co-ordinator on Bute to provide it with better support.
A volunteer preparation course will be run on the island soon, and if you have parenting experience and could offer two to three hours of volunteer support each week, you could make a huge difference.
To find out more about this opportunity, or if you might benefit from the services of Home Start, please contact Dee Hancock on 07887 511 022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if your organisation could offer training to Home Start volunteers which might benefit the families it works for, please get in touch.