I began volunteering for Home-Start because I was looking for a way to use my life experiences to help others. As a mother of one and having been through a particularly difficult period in our lives, coped, survived and come out the other side, I felt I had something to offer others going through difficult times. I saw the volunteer training course advertised and decided to go for it. I has time to spare then only working part-time.
The course was fantastic and really interesting and before I knew it I was supporting a family. Working with that family was wonderfully rewarding, watching the mother grow in confidence and gaining the trust of her and her children.
I began to realise that a career in this sort of work would suit me down to the ground and I'm sure I have my volunteer experience with Home-Start to thank for the fact that when I applied for a job working for a charity supporting carers of people with a mental health problem, I was successful and now, six months later, I am very happy in my role. The hardest part was that as my new role is full time, I had to bring my volunteering with Home-Start to an end. Sophie B, ex Home-Start Volunteer