"Becoming a volunteer."

About: Mansfield & Ashfield

(as a volunteer/advocate),

I had my son in October 2011 and whilst on maternity leave I wanted to take advantage of the time away from work to try something different. I had been given information on my local Sure start Children's Centre's by my Health Visitor and been to the centre a few times to get my son weighed etc, the centres were always very welcoming and friendly so I thought that this may be a good place to start.

I contacted Daniel Fisher and and advised that I wanted to volunteer at my local Centre's and could he help (I am close to both the Summer House & New Woods). He was very helpful and asked when would be convenient for me and how much time could I dedicate.

I was able to work a full day Monday and half a day on a Tuesday working between the two centres. I am now midway through my Diploma (Children & Young Peoples Workforce) and very much looking forward to qualifying as a Nursery Nurse shortly. This is all thanks to Surestart as they have really pushed me to achieve my goals and given me lots of opportunities to achieve new skills to which I am very grateful.

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Responses

Response from Karon Foulkes, General Manager, Sure Start, Health Partnerships - Nottinghamshire Healthcare

Thank you for taking the time to tell your story. It is really good to hear about how the centre has supported you in your learning journey.

Volunteering is one of the ways our Sure Start Children's Centres can engage parents in service delivery. and helping them into training or employment. I am particularly impressed to learn how Daniel matched your needs and the centres needs, and by the commitment you have shown to volunteering.

I wish you well with your diploma.

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