LISTEN: Home-Start Goulburnian volunteers celebrate graduation

HOME-START CELEBRATION: Four volunteers graduated and officially joined the Home-Start family. Photo: Mariam Koslay.

HOME-START CELEBRATION: Four volunteers graduated and officially joined the Home-Start family. Photo: Mariam Koslay.

Four volunteers graduated from Home-Start National Australia this morning in Goulburn after successfully completing their family support training.

The graduation, which took place on Wednesday morning at the Worker’s Club, included graduated volunteers, current volunteers, family and friends.

Speeches from CEO of Home-Start National Michelle McDonell, Southern Tablelands Patron Greg O’Keefe and Coordinator Jennifer Brown were heard. 

The six week course covered strength based programs, stress life programs, child protection and domestic violence subjects to prepare volunteers for their partnered families.

With a total of 12 members in Goulburn, each volunteer spends two hours with a local family every week.

Ms Brown praised the presence of Home-Start National in Goulburn and highlighted the positive influence the volunteers have.

“They walk alongside the family and support them in their parenting roles,” she said. “The impacts and positive outcomes are tremendous.”

Kelli Hoffman, one of the four graduated volunteers, presented a speech on behalf of her peers. Ms Hoffman, who previously sought out Home-start in her time of need, is now a proud volunteer.

CEO Ms McDonell ended the graduation and described the volunteers as hidden treasures.

“Like our company, you don’t continuously advertise the way you help the community,” she said. “But you are definitely a treasure, for the families and the community.”

Home-Start National has been offering support services to Goulburn for the past 14 years. For more information head to http://www.homestartaustralia.org/

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