Ending support for families can be quite difficult both for the family and for the volunteer. At HSW, we only ever finish with a family when we know that they have gained the independence and confidence to do so successfully. In fact, it was one of the motivations for us to set up the Family Hub, a place our families can come and learn, play and interact with other families and stay in contact with the Home-Start community.
We met Beverly and her gorgeous daughter, Georgia in the summer of 2015 when she was experiencing depression and isolation. Beverly was also living in cramped, temporary accommodation and lacked the energy and confidence to get out.
Her volunteer visited her regularly and helped her find new and interesting things to do with Georgia and would often accompany her to children’s activities, encouraged her to visit parks, her local children’s centre, the library and other activities to get them out and about. Over time her confidence blossomed and in time she found the energy and motivation to sign up for a course to start studying a topic she was interested in.
Beverly is now coming to the end of a ‘Creative Media Genius Course’ provided by the ‘Mayors Trust’ and strongly believes the support from her volunteer and the HSW team has given her the motivation and confidence to get where she is today.
“I was in a dark place before meeting Cecilia [HSW volunteer]. She was always there to motivate me and never judged me! I’m so lucky and grateful to Home-Start for this.”
Once families have finished support from their HSW home-visiting volunteer they have the opportunity to continue their connection with the HSW community via our Family Hubs programme.
More information on how we support families generally.