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 supports more than 100 hundred families and 200 children a year with a total of 50 families currently supported on a weekly basis. 

To help support those in need Home-Start train volunteers who are then linked with a family with children under the age of five.

All the volunteers, who are asked to provide three hours of support a week, undergo a 40 hour training programme before they are linked with a family. 

This training takes place one day a week over a 10 week period at the SMILE centre on Sandy Lane in Orford from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Kate Griffiths, scheme manager said: "Volunteers are at the core of what we do – without them there isn’t a Home-Start. 

"As one of our volunteers recently said, it is one of the most rewarding things you can do, knowing you have helped a family through a difficult time."

The charity currently has 30 volunteers but more are needed.

The next course is due to start on Wednesday, September 21.

She 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. 

“The families you will help are varied and have lots of different reasons for needing our help."

For more information call Home-Start on 652320.