The Power of Volunteers

 A paper published in ‘Community Practitioner’ this month demonstrates the vital contribution of our Parent-Infant Mental Health trained volunteers. Home-Start HOST work in close partnership with the Early Attachment Service to provide Parent-Infant Mental Health Support (PIMHs), giving volunteers access to specialist training and support.

Volunteers are often better able to engage with families who may be reluctant to seek professional help or get involved with statutory services.  An evaluation of how our PIMHs-trained volunteers have been able to interact with families so far shows that a small investment in training can yield amazing results in terms of helping parents build positive relationships with their little ones.

Read The Power of Volunteers to see the evaluation of the PIMHs project to date, and why we are so photograph of tiny baby holding grown-up's fingeroptimistic about it’s impact, or check out the full paper, Enhancing the parent-infant relationship through training volunteers (full paper) .


Overall, the impact on parents’ experiences appears to have been even more dramatic than we could have hoped for. Time will tell how great will be the impact of this input on the subsequent lives of these children and their families, but we are optimistic that this relatively
modest expenditure of time and expertise will have real benefits for them and for the society in which they live.

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