Home-Start supports parents who often find themselves in difficult situations such as those who have relationship difficulties, parents who have to cope with several pre-school children or lone parents.
The Home-Start project relies on volunteers many of whom are parents themselves to visit families with at least one child under five at home to offer informal, friendly and confidential support. Their Christmas Wrapping Day is an annual event where volunteers and staff spend the day organising the gifts into age suitability for the children and then wrapping them and distributing them to families.
Brian Gibbons said:
As a Government we recognise the huge contribution made by volunteers to community life in Wales. At Christmas in particular the role of volunteers is brought even more into focus as many people offer their time and services free of charge to support their local communities.
Many Christmas activities and public services we take for granted within our communities would not exist without volunteers. Home-Start is an example of this and shows the time and energy that the volunteers selflessly devote all year round to making a real difference to families who need support.
Claire Cartwright, Senior Scheme Manager for the Homestart project said:
The staff were delighted that Dr Brian Gibbons recognised the role of Home-Start BGR/AST volunteers in supporting local families who need the hand of friendship and support. Volunteers provide practical and emotional support to families after they have attended a 10 week volunteer preparation course. Our next course starts in January 2008 so if people want to make a difference they can get in touch.
The Home-Start BGR/AST volunteers cover the areas of Butetown, Grangetown, Riverside, Adamstown, Splott and Tremorfa
18 December 2007