When my partner walked out on me two years ago I went on a real downward spiral
With a mortgage and bills to pay, a baby daughter to look after and no financial support from her dad, I barely had enough money to buy food.
I used to go to a (Home-Start) children’s group because I knew there was toast and fruit available, but eventually I became ill and my health visitor referred me to Home-Start home visiting service for additional support.
I started attending their drop-in sessions and eventually I was assigned a home visiting volunteer who came round every week for a couple of hours.
It meant so much to me just having someone to talk to and acknowledge I existed, it was my only break. I do have family but I didn’t want to burden them with my problems.
It wasn’t just the visits that helped me. Through Home-Start I was able to get child maintenance advice and advice on other financial support.
Slowly my confidence started to come back and now I’m able to ask for help rather than struggling alone.
I’ve been on a life skills development course with Home-Start and earlier this year I went through the training to become a volunteer myself. If I can just help one person like I’ve been helped it will be well worth it.
I feel like I’ve got more of an insight because I’ve been there myself. I know how hard it is taking that first step and asking for help. If they are too nervous to answer the door for that first visit … I understand that.
Home-Start has changed my life; I’m not quite sure where I’d be without them.
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