Mike and Graeme visit Home Start Angus

MP Mike Weir and MSP Graeme Dey popped into the Home-Start Angus offices recently to show their support and congratulate the organisation on securing £300,000 Big Lottery funding for a 5 year Bumps and Beyond  project.

Over the past 20 years Home-Start Angus has made a difference to the lives of over 1000 local families with pre-school children, by offering support and friendship during difficult times.   The “Bumps and Beyond” project will offer parents-to-be and new parents the opportunity to meet a Home-Start volunteer who themselves understand the pressures of family life.  Home-Start volunteers visit young families regularly in their own homes.  For pre-birth and new parents this would mean they could access help with the practical preparations of having a new baby such as getting to appointments, as well as having someone they can trust  to talk to and share experiences with.

The Home-Start Angus team are looking to recruit a group of Bumps and Beyond volunteers to offer help to pre-birth and new parents.  Julie Thomson, manager of the organisation told us, “We are looking for people with 2-3 hours a week to spare, who know what it’s like to bring up children and understand that being a parent is not easy.”  “ A sense of humour and an interest in promoting the positives of family life are a pre-requisite!” Julie added.

Julie can be contacted at homestartangus@btconnect.com or by telephone on 01241 431131.