Home-Start podcast Find our podcasts on iTunes Find our podcasts on Soundcloud Family stories: “We had to learn to be parents, we didn’t have to learn to be blind.” Hetal and Will have both been blind since childhood. But they found that it was when they had children that the new challenges of parenthood meant they needed a little extra help. In this podcast, they explain how a volunteer from Home-Start Greenwich has transformed life for them and their children. Volunteer Stories: Overcoming loneliness and isolation in Scotland One of the issues families face wherever they live is loneliness and isolation. In our latest podcast we learnt about the different causes of loneliness in two very different communities. Family Stories: Home-Start Wirral and Little Movers Rachel is a mum whose little boy attends Home-Start Wirral’s Little Movers group for children with additional needs. And Debbie is one of the volunteers at the group. Little Movers is just one of the amazing groups run by Home-Start Wirral to meet the needs of their community and Rachel and Debbie talk about the impact it has on them. Volunteer stories: “It’s just like an extended family, you know?" Families in Wakefield have been working with volunteer, Jackie, for more than 13 years. We spoke to Jackie about why she volunteers for Home-Start, as well as hearing from staff members and trustees about what the new challenges faced by families and the local Home-Starts they work with. Family Stories: Helping one family cope when their life was turned upside down. Naneh and her husband lived an ordinary life until, without warning, their world was turned upside down. Thankfully, Naneh came across Home-Start and was matched with a volunteer called Sue. Together with Sue’s help, Naneh and her husband were able to move forward and were finally able to start rebuilding their lives. Volunteer stories: Lois, Sam and Andrea talk about their volunteer training course Lois, Sam and Andrea are new volunteers for Home-Start Glasgow North, and they are being set questions by Amanda to find out more about how their training has prepared them to meet their first family. Family stories: Magadi and Beverly talk about their relationship and life-changing support Magadi was experiencing postnatal depression. After a visit to the GP, she was put in touch with Home-Start Camden who introduced her to Beverly. Together Beverly and Saiqa from Home-Start Camden helped Magadi to gain more confidence and to get better. Volunteer stories: Naomi And Juliette from Camden talk about supporting families Naomi is in her 20s, Juliette is in her 80s and in this episode of our podcast they share their experiences of volunteering and supporting families in one of the most diverse communities in the UK. "Families are the secret sauce" - talking language development with Dr Steve Hannon Home-Start are partnering with the LENA Research Foundation to launch a programme around language and early childhood development. In this conversation, Dr Steve Hannon explains why hearing language is so important to children, and how the LENA Research Foundation project helps. Family stories: Jade and Kim discuss breastfeeding, family and volunteering When Jade and Kim were new mums, they received vital support from Home-Start Wirral to help them breastfeed. In this conversation they talk about the help they got, the difference it made and why they became volunteers.