Charity appealing for more volunteers

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A CHARITY is appealing for volunteers to help oversee its services.

Home-Start Hastings and Rother wants people to become members of its Board of Trustees.

The organisation supports local families with young children.

The charity, one of 337 local Home-Start Schemes across the UK, helps families with children under five and parents who may be finding it hard to cope because of bereavement, a multiple birth or due to the disability or illness of themselves or a child or even because they are very young, or separated from their own families.

Home-Start’s appeal is part of the charity’s UK-wide We’re Asking campaign which aims to recruit a further 500 volunteer trustees.

Jenny Blackburn, of Home-Start Hastings and Rother, said: “We need people with a broad range of skills to become members of our Board of Trustees, from managers of small businesses and lawyers, to people with an understanding of information technology, human resources, finance or accounting.

“Being a Home-Start trustee is all about governance. The trustees don’t run the scheme on a day-to-day basis – that’s the job of paid staff - but are responsible for the vision and strategy of the scheme as well as its finances, staff and property.

“In return for volunteering for about 10 hours a month, trustees will be able to enhance their own skills, knowledge, self-confidence and professional networks and know that they have made a real difference to families in their own community.”

Hastings Mayor, Councillor Kim Forward joined guests at a recent coffee morning on behalf of Home-Start.

Volunteers, donors and councillors watched a film about the work of trustees. The mayor said that she herself had been a Home-Start volunteer, and had visited families in need to help them in bringing up their young children.

For more information about becoming a trustee contact Home-Start at contact@hshr.org.uk and visit www.hshr.org.uk or call free on 0800 068 63 68.