Voluntary group seeks new recruits in Formartine

Volunteers who attended a previous training course run by Home-Start Garioch
Volunteers who attended a previous training course run by Home-Start Garioch

A North-east voluntary organisation is looking for recruits in the Formartine area.

Home-Start Garioch is holding an open event in Ellon in September to explain its work to potential new members.

The organisation provides volunteers to visit the homes of families with a child under five and provide one to one support. It has been working in the Garioch and parts of Formartine for nearly 20 years. Referrals to Home-Start are made primarily by health visitors and midwives.

Home-Start Garioch has recently received lottery funding of £257,000 which will provide it with sustainability for the next five years.

Senior co-ordinator Mhairi Philip said: “We currently have around 30 volunteers working with upwards of 50 families per year. “This event is to attract new volunteers so that we can support new families within the Formartine area.

“Ellon and the surrounding area is a largely populated area with young families who would benefit from the support of a volunteer.”

She added: “Our volunteers are not experts, but parents who have faced the day-to-day challenges faced by parents with young children and are offering friendship, emotional and practical support.

“This is a pocket not previously supported by any of the Home-Start schemes, so will be a huge benefit to families who are struggling.”

Members of the Board of Trustees, staff and current volunteers will be at the Kirk Centre in Ellon on Tuesday, September 2, from 10am until 3pm to talk about the scheme,