THE search has been launched to find the next set of Home-Start Warrington volunteers who can help change lives of people in the community.

Home-Start, which supports more than 100 struggling families and 200 children each year, currently has 30 volunteers but more are needed.

Kate Griffiths, scheme manager said: “The volunteers are at the core of what we do, without them there isn’t a Home-Start Warrington.

“Volunteers have told us that it is one of the most rewarding things you can do, knowing you have helped a family through a difficult time.”

To help support these families, Home-Start Warrington trains volunteers so they can provide vital help to families with children under five and support them for three hours a week in their home.

All the volunteers undergo a 40 hour training programme over eight weeks on a Wednesday before working with a family in need.

Kate added: “You don’t need any qualifications, the only criteria we have is that you are a parent yourself or have had parental responsibilities. That is because the core of our work is one parent supporting another.

“Here at Home-Start Warrington we believe in helping parents to build better lives for their children.”

Volunteers will be trained in providing non-judgmental practical and emotional support which will help to build the family’s confidence and increase their ability to cope.

A family may need help from a Home-Start Warrington volunteer for a range of different reasons from needing another pair of hands to vulnerabel familes who have a lot to cope with.

Once trained volunteers will be matched with family which will be suited to their strengths.

All volunteers will be support by the Home-Start Warrington team, who are on hand to other advice and guidance about any issues which may arise.

The next training course, which is free and includes lunch, will start on June 4 from to 2.30 pm.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or for more information call 652320 for a no obligation chat.