Imagine you have a toddler and then you’re told that you have not one but two babies on the way! That’s the situation for some of the mums expecting twins in our area. Home-Start volunteers across Arun, Worthing & Adur are supporting the most sets of twins ever seen in the service and it’s twice the fun!
One local mum Vicky says "You can have double the cuddles but the washing pile seems more than double! It’s hard splitting my time between the twins and my 3 year old son too. I feel like I’m always going from one to the other and when one cries… they all do! My Home-Start volunteer is a lifeline and I can go to groups with my 3 year old when she comes round."
Home Start Arun, Worthing and Adur is a charity run by local people to transform the life chances of children in our community. We recruit, train and support volunteers to work alongside families in their own home or a group setting where more appropriate.
Working to give children the best possible start in life, we support parents to grow in confidence, develop and strengthen the relationship with their child(ren) and reduce the stress that can be caused by multiple births. As multiple births are unplanned the parents may need more preparation for the arrival of two babies at once or preparing a child they already have at home for the change in family dynamics.
Through home-visiting and group work, volunteers respond to each family’s individual needs to help them manage the stresses and strains of bringing up a young family when things get tough. Trained parent volunteers provide confidential, non-judgemental, practical and emotional support to help build family confidence and introduce coping strategies. We are lucky to have volunteers who have brought up twins themselves and they love to support other twin families too.
Mrs Bridget Richardson, Scheme Manager says
"Twins can be such a joy and attract a lot of attention when families are out and about but behind closed doors it is extra challenging for them. We want to support more families finding it tough with twins… but we need more funds to do so. Please help us to support more families going through challenging times by donating online at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/home-startarun and press the pink button."