Here are just three of the many thousands of children that our volunteers have been there for. With your support we’ll continue to be there for families in urgent, desperate need. Please send your one-off gift, or regular gift today, to help stop their suffering. Children like Josh, Emily and Maya are counting on you.
When Josh’s dad lost his job, it put huge strain on the family. Josh could sense their worry and started to feel sad and scared too.
The debts quickly started to mount up for Josh’s mum and dad – the mortgage was Dave’s biggest worry.
Dave had been out of work for months. The rejection letters were getting to him and he stopped seeing mates. He didn’t even want to have a kick-about with Josh.
Josh’s mum Mandy, told us "we couldn’t even afford essentials. Some days we only had one meal – it was awful to hear all the kids’ tummies rumbling".
With their school uniforms starting to look shabby, Josh and Georgia started to get teased. Eventually they stopped going out to play altogether.
Martin, a Home-Start volunteer, started to support the family – giving Mandy a lift to hospital appointments, helping Dave look for work and even getting a grant for a new washing machine.
First Mandy broke her arm at work, then the washing machine packed up. With a baby in the house, the washing soon started to pile up.
Martin encouraged Dave to start spending time with the kids again. It made a huge difference to them.
At last Dave got what he was waiting for – a new job. With Mandy’s arm still on the mend, Home-Start volunteer Martin helped out while Dave was at work.
Now, Josh welcomes his dad home from work every day. With mum & dad looking forward to the future, he’s a happy little boy again.
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