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Home-Start Flintshire reaches support milestone

FAMILY support centre Home-Start Flintshire is celebrating a landmark.

The Mold-based organisation has referred 1,000 families since its inception in 1995.

Home-Start has been supporting families with children under the age of five through trained parent volunteers who visit them for two or three hours a week.

Volunteers offer an ear and an extra pair of hands to help reduce feelings of isolation and improve parents’ emotional wellbeing.

Families are often referred by their health visitor or social worker for Home-Start’s support, but many families refer themselves, recognising the need for support in coping with the demands involved in bringing up young children.

Ann Woods, senior organiser, said: “Having a weekly visit from a friendly volunteer has made a huge difference to hundreds of Flintshire families over the past 15 years, and we are looking forward to reaching many more families in 2011 and beyond.”

Home-Start recruits, trains and supports parent volunteers to help families in need of a friend. The volunteer training course lasts between 30-40 hours, spread over 8 weeks.

The next training course is being run at Corlan on Mold Business Park from mid-February.

For more information, ring 01352 744060.