Congratulations to one of our wonderful Home-Start volunteers, Samantha Rupa, who has successfully completed her Health and Community Development degree at The University of Huddersfield achieving a 2:1 in the process!!
Samantha (Sammi) joined Home-Start as a volunteer in June 2013. Sammi, a mother of two young children aged 2 & 5 had decided she wanted to further her education with an aim to eventually working in the field of Social Care. Sammi took an access to Health and Social Care course at Kirklees College and gained a distinction & 60 credits at distinction, she was then able to move on to her degree course at university. Sammi has shown focus and determination, studying, holding down a job, raising her children and was still able to fit in 3 hours a week supporting a family as a home visiting volunteer for Home-Start.
In 2015 Home-Start were happy to be able to offer Sammi a 156 hour work placement to assist her in her university studies and give her course tutor references and a precis of her work regarding her support of Home-Start families. Sammi supported 6 families whilst she was volunteering on our behalf.
The families who Sammi supported benefitted greatly from her help and all were touched by her kindness, ability to empathise, her sound parenting advice and direct approach.
Sammi is sadly leaving us now and moving on to do her Master’s degree in Social Work at Huddersfield.
Thank you for your valued input into our service for the past 4 years Sammi. We wish you all the very best with your continued education.
If you are a parent, can spare three hours a week of your time and would like to gain experience in supporting families, please give us a call. Our next volunteer preparation course will run in January 2018 and we would love to hear from you.