This week we had a visit from Rob Parkinson the new Chief Exec of Home-Start UK and we were joined by staff from other Home-Starts in the region. It was interesting to hear about Rob’s background and his vision for Home-Start.
I’m originally from Wolverhampton but have lived in Sheffield for 3 years.
I had Home-Start when I struggled and I wanted to help other people. I’ve been a volunteer for about 18 months and I’ve worked with 3 families under the Transition to Safe Independence project.
Can you spare 2-3 hours a week?
Could you be a Home-Start Volunteer and visit a family in their own home once a week?
Places are available on this course, which will take place at a City Centre venue from Wednesday 14th May for 9 weeks. Please go to our Volunteers page for more information and to download an application pack.
Big Hopes, Big Futures is a new project about supporting families with their child’s early learning and preparing them for the transition to school. There is a lot of evidence to show that if a child is able to start school ready to learn, for example is able to concentrate and play with other children, then they are more likely to achieve throughout their school life. (more…)
The infamous Stanage Stumble challenge walk will be back again (possibly for the last time) on Sunday 4th May 2014.
The challenge is to complete the 12,17 or 25 mile route within a 10 hour time limit taking in the beuatiful Limb valley, Fox House, Stanage Edge and returning over Redmires Moor back to Limb valley and finish at HSBC sports ground, Limb Lane, Dore. (more…)
I was born in Sheffield but have lived in Cardiff for a time, then The Midlands and then settled again in Sheffield. Before Home-Start I worked as a receptionist in an Estate Agent’s. (more…)
I started my working life as an audio typist with Eagle Star Insurance and was there for 8 years before joining South Yorkshire Police. I was, in fact, the first woman police constable to join the new force in 1974, which had previously been Sheffield and Rotherham Constabulary. I left the Police Force just after getting married and went back to office work for a couple of years before leaving work to start my family. (more…)
I have lived in Sheffield all my life and have been volunteering for Home-Start for 8 years. Previously I was a travelling sales rep for 40 years in the motor trade. I found after a very short time into my retirement that I missed my working routine and didn’t like being at home all day or buying things I didn’t need in town. I wasn’t happy and needed something else in my life. (more…)
My Health visitor told me about the Lose the Blues group in Hillsborough after I had my baby. He was 3 or 4 months old and not sleeping well and I was struggling with coping with sleep deprivation. I am a physiotherapist so I was used to being always in control and organised but I was having to learn on the spot.
I went into depression and couldn’t cope with my son who is nearly 3 years old and I needed help.