Trustees roles available at Home-Start North East

POSITIONS have become available on the board of Home-Start North East Aberdeenshire - part of a national organisation that has been operating in Scotland since 1973.

The scheme in Fraserburgh was founded in 1995 and extended into Peterhead in 1999.

Chairperson Flora Todd told the Herald: “We have a dedicated team of caring volunteers who give practical and emotional support to families until their youngest child starts school.

“Families are referred when they are facing overwhelming problems such as illness, family breakdown, new additions to the family especially multiple births, mental health problems or bereavement.”

The board of trustees is responsible for the effective management of the scheme, including employing and supervising staff, funding, insurance and premises.

Flora explained: “Our trustees come from all walks of life, bringing their individual skills to the scheme.

“All volunteer because they want to improve the lives of parents and children; what the get back is the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped their community and, in many cases, gained the chance to enhance their own skills and knowledge.”

Home-Start NEA have positions available on the board and are looking for volunteers, both male and female, who have skills and experience which can include general business management, financial or legal expertise, PR and media skills, teaching or training, marketing or fundraising.

All trustees receive a thorough induction programme and on-going training is available on subjects such as strategic planning and child protection. For further information or an informal chat please contact co-ordinator Angie Christie on 01346 518930 or chairperson Flora Todd on 07773 413837.