Home-Start Perth Awarded Grant to Support Volunteer Parents
Home-Start Perth has received a six month Volunteering Support Grant from the Voluntary Action Fund.
Conveniently for Home-Start, the aims and objectives of the Scottish government’s Volunteer Support Fund tie in with the core ethos of the organisation, and ideas on how to meet these are a common topic of conversation among Home-Start staff. The fund is in place to target delivery of outcomes relating to volunteering. This includes new volunteering opportunities, increasing the diversity of volunteers, offering skills and personal development opportunities through volunteering and increasing the capacity of organisations to support volunteers and to better meet the needs of the communities in which they work.
The funding will enable Home-Start to recruit volunteers from groups of people in the more geographically remote areas of Perthshire who traditionally find it difficult to access volunteering opportunities. For the first time, the local charity will run their Volunteer Preparation Course in rural areas, specifically Aberfeldy, Crieff and Strathmore within the next 6 months. By taking the Prep Course into these areas, it will become more easily accessed by prospective volunteers and those who are particularly knowledgeable about the unique challenges these areas present.
Hannah Blair, Home-Start Perth’s Manager said, “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant and we are keen to encourage anyone in these areas who are parents or have parenting experience and would like to offer two hours a week to support families build a better life for their children. In addition to the satisfaction of being able to make a difference, there are also learning, training and networking opportunities available to the volunteers.”
The benefits felt by families are echoed by the volunteers supporting them. One volunteer recently said the best bit about volunteering with Home-Start Perth is “meeting families, making a difference by helping families, seeing them grow in confidence, and being there in times of need”.
“Pictured are a group of Home-Start volunteers who recently completed their Prep Course and soon will be supporting families throughout Perthshire”.
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