Volunteering can be very rewarding!
Have a look at what some of our volunteers have said about volunteering with Home-Start Renfrewshire and Inverclyde - or take a look at many of the comments on our Facebook page:
"I have been volunteering for Home-Start for about 6 months and have found it to be very rewarding. It has been a privilege to be part of another family’s journey and to be able to provide encouragement and support to help them achieve a better quality of life. As with many of these kinds of opportunities, I have found that I have learned and am still learning and growing myself as I reach out to others. I would encourage anyone thinking of volunteering with Home-Start to take that step and find out more. I have found Homestart to be a very supportive charity, which provides lots of training opportunities to equip their volunteers will all the information that they need. There are no special qualifications required. As long as you have worked with children or have children of your own, all you need to provide is a listening ear and a helping hand."
"I see a huge difference in gran in terms of her confidence and her openness to get involved in her local community. She is very open with me and the kids have gone from being shy around me to taking part in activities."
"(the training) is the best thing I have ever done and met some amazing people...and to know you're helping someone is just brilliant!!! If you are thinking about it....stop thinking and do it!!!"
"Volunteering with Home-Start Renfrewshire has given me the opportunity to help families who, for whatever reason, don’t have the support network that I was fortunate enough to have when my children were small. Developing a relationship with a family, seeing them progress and knowing that I have played a part in that is incredibly rewarding and I would highly recommend it."
"Offering friendship and support to a family is great and valuable experience. To know that just a few hours a week can make such a difference is a positive thing for all concerned."