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June's Story

I write this to honour my Home-Start volunteer. She came into my world when I felt pretty low and out of control. I was in a new town, didn’t have family support close to me and I was estranged from my mother (who previously was my ‘best friend’).  I had two babies 18 months apart.

From her first visit I felt like we were friends – my only friend here! She really enjoyed my boys and constantly praised them and they enjoyed her as well. This was the first person apart from their pop (who lived 6 hours away) they had fun with. My older son has serious separation issues and to see his level of comfort with my volunteer seemed like a miracle.

Each week my volunteer would offer an ear and an open heart. She would encourage and show me places where I could get help and even came in to encourage friendships with other mums.

We were friends. She understood me and helped me to see positives in my life and in my boys. She would talk a bit about her grandsons and I felt like I was almost part of her extended family.

Every single week she attended a local playgroup with me to help me with my younger boy while I spent time with the older. She even helped to integrate my older son into a local occasional care provider. Nothing seemed too much for her. She was more than a volunteer. She was an angel.

The Home-Start program was nothing short of a lifeline for me during that rough time. The service management are amazing but what really changed my world was the heart, the strength, the genuine care and actions of my volunteer. I love her with all my heart.

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