“I have been volunteering for Home-start for 15 years and in that time I have met many families with different needs. “It is always exciting to meet a new family and I love getting to know them and building a friendship with them over time.”

“Weekly visits with the family are something that I look forward to, I feel that I can contribute and help them through difficulties which gives me a feeling of satisfaction.”

“It is always rewarding to see how a family grows in confidence enabling them to face new challenges.” – Olga

“As a volunteer with Home-Start there is a sense of making a contribution, of making a difference, and using my life skills and experiences, giving support and direction to families…and that feeling is why I volunteer!” – Ewart

“I’ve been visiting and working with families in their own homes for nearly five years and the experience has been enjoyable, interesting and rewarding. Seeing families and helping them get through hard times is the best thing for me. The best reward is to see them get back on their feet again more able to deal with problems.”

“Sometimes, just getting them to see how they can enjoy life without spending lots of money is a real bonus. Volunteering isn’t just about helping with problems, it’s about positive things like enjoying time with families and having fun.” – Bernadette