Welsh family support charity celebrates with its annual Volunteers Festival

  • Welsh family support charity celebrates with its annual Volunteers Festival
  • The event ties in with National Volunteers Week (June 1-7)

A charity that supports families across the majority of local authorities in Wales is celebrating its team of dedicated volunteers by saying a big “thank you” for the support they give local parents experiencing tough times.

It is 50 years since the first Home-Start began supporting families in Leicester, and now Home-Start Cymru is thanking its team of over 150 trained volunteers as part of this year’s Home-Start Volunteers Festival.

The festival ties in with National Volunteers Week, an annual celebration of volunteering across the UK, which takes place from June 1-7.

For Home-Start Cymru it is a chance to recognise the contribution made by their volunteers who support families in the community on issues including postnatal depression, coping with twins, bereavement, supporting a parent or child with physical disabilities, domestic abuse or financial worries.

Home-Start Cymru is hosting its own volunteer event on 7th June in Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire and Denbighshire and inviting volunteers past and present to attend an afternoon of memories and chat.

Jayne Drummond, Chief Executive of Home-Start Cymru, said: “We are so proud of our wonderful volunteers and the contribution they make in supporting parents locally. This national week gives us the perfect chance to let them know how special they all are. It’s also the ideal opportunity to raise awareness for anyone else in the community who might feel inspired to join the team.”

“There are many volunteer opportunities including visiting families in the community, office experience and trustee roles. If you’re a new parent who feels like Home-Start support might help you can get in touch with us at info@homestartcymru.org.uk.”

“Alternatively, if you think you could give a couple of hours a week to provide a family with support, please contact volunteering@homestartcymru.org.uk to find out how to sign up.”

For many organisations, National Volunteers Week is a chance to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities on offer and to show people how, through volunteering, they can make a difference to a cause they are passionate about as well as boost their own personal skills.

Home-Start Cymru Volunteers are all trained and, if they become a home-visiting volunteer, are matched with a local family who they visit once a week for around two hours to support them in whatever ways they need.