Share your experience to help other families in Royston and district who are struggling to cope


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Royston Volunteer Centre manager Denise Graham’s regular look at the voluntary sector in North East Herts

Can you give a family the most precious gift – your time?

All parents need emotional and practical help to get through the first few years, but not everyone has friends or family nearby – and this is when Home-Start volunteers can help.

Home-Start Royston & South Cambridgeshire provides a home visiting service, a family support group and helps families link with other local services and resources.

They help families with children under the age of five cope with post-natal depression, illness, isolation, bereavement, disability, domestic abuse and much more, offering regular support and practical help to alleviate stress with a view to preventing family crisis and breakdown.

Volunteers visit one or more families a week for two hours and take their own individual skills and experience to the families they visit.

Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcomed. The only stipulation is that you must have had parenting experience yourself. No specific qualifications are needed, but the ability to listen with understanding, to maintain confidentiality and be committed both to the scheme and to the families is a must.

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A vital element of a Home-Start scheme is the planned support offered to all volunteers.

This is on a one-to-one basis between the volunteer and the co-ordinator and through group supervision.

A 10 session training course for new volunteers is being held in June & July, with sessions from 9.30am to 2.30pm at dates to be confirmed.

So why not sign up and have the satisfaction of helping others?

You can find the centre Royston & District Volunteer Centre in the Royston Town Hall Annexe, Melbourn Street, Royston, SG8 7DA

Phone 01763 243020, email or visit the website at