Meet Some of Our Volunteers

 

Judith McCallum

Judith CullamJudith has been with Home-Start since 2007 and has successfully supported many families through the years. Judith is very meticulous going to great lengths to understand the needs of her families and identify how to best support them. She has developed a variety of approaches to support families based on their needs including day-to-day practical matters such as caring for the home, children cleanliness, healthy eating, cooking and budgeting.

“I joined Home-Start as I wanted to give back to the community. I was a single mother myself so I know how it feels to have no one to talk to or groups to attend. I felt depressed and isolated and wanted to help someone avoid feeling the same.

Home-Start values you as a person, and appreciates the time you put in. They take into account the fact that you are a volunteer giving up your time. I like that they provide many opportunities to meet, have lunches and sometimes help out with thank you vouchers. We don’t do it for the material gifts but it’s nice to receive small signs of appreciation. I have three children and six grandchildren so I have a busy life, but I volunteer because I enjoy it.

The training is particularly useful as it helps me support families better and empower them but it also helps me personally. And the volunteering gives me personal satisfaction. It’s great to see your input giving good results and to have a positive impact on mother and families!”

Twanna Allen

Twanna Allan

Twanna found out about Home-Start though a friend’s recommendation. She is very interested in empowering women and supporting families in need and so joined in January 2013. Since attending her preparation course Twanna has supported two families for a total of eight months.

“To be able to support others going through difficult situations is a rewarding experience.

“The training Home-Start provides helped me with my personal development because now I have a better knowledge of new areas like perinatal care, budgeting, domestic violence, and income generation. My last training was around stress management which I found very useful to apply to my own day to day life as well.

“Home-Start is a great charity to volunteer with, the training is great and staff are very helpful and supportive. They’ve equipped me with skills and knowledge to be able to support parents and families and I’ve learnt so much over the past two years.”

Twanna also said she was very honoured and grateful to have received the Southwark Start Award as it made her feel appreciated!


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