Volunteers needed for local charity

March 26 2015

A LOCAL charity is seeking volunteers to help families across the Bristol area.

A LOCAL charity is seeking volunteers to help families across the Bristol area.

Home-Start, based in Southmead, has recently been awarded £145k by the Big Lottery to support families with young children.

This five year grant will fund a new project called ‘Families on the Edge’ focussing on the areas bordering Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

The charity, which trains volunteers to provide this vital service, says that the new grant is a great endorsement of their existing work. A previous grant from Big Lottery already funds work in the City of Bristol.

Home-Start's work has been a lifeline for many. Volunteers give two to three hours a week to support and offer friendship to families so that children have a much better chance of reaching their potential in later life.

One of the fathers helped by a Home-Start Bristol volunteer said: “Having our volunteer come into our home was very important. Although it was only for a short period of time, it was perfect timing. When I was physically strained, emotionally drained – you guys were there … thank you so much.’

Home-Start Bristol is now recruiting new volunteers to enable them to begin the new project this month.

Volunteers receive training, the chance to meet new people and, above all, the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a difference.

For more information about becoming a volunteer, phone 01179 501170 or visit: www.homestartbristol.org.uk