Volunteers help Sheffield families to live healthier lives

Four volunteers will soon be working with Sheffield families to help them live healthier lifestyles, after being trained by a charity.
Award-winning childrens charity HENRY, along with Sheffield City Council, have trained the first group of Sheffield Healthy Start volunteers and also matched them with families.
Four volunteers will soon be working with Sheffield families to help them live healthier lifestyles, after being trained by a charity. Award-winning childrens charity HENRY, along with Sheffield City Council, have trained the first group of Sheffield Healthy Start volunteers and also matched them with families.
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Four volunteers will soon be working with Sheffield families to help them live healthier lifestyles, after being trained by a charity.

Award-winning children’s charity HENRY, along with Sheffield City Council, have trained the first group of Sheffield Healthy Start volunteers and also matched them with families.

Jane Berry, who completed HENRY training in March, is eager to get started and put her new knowledge to good use. She said: “I really enjoyed the HENRY training. It helped me develop my confidence and was very informative. It was the first training course I’ve been on that was fun. I’ve just met the family I’m going to be supporting and am really excited to be able to help them.”

Sheffield was chosen as one of only three areas in the UK to trial this new approach to family support. The four mentors will be using a strengths-based approach to build parenting skills and confidence, giving parents a tool kit to support their child as they grow.

All the volunteers received five days of training from HENRY and will now have ongoing support and supervision.

The project, which is being funded by The National Lottery, is available for all families who want to live healthier lifestyles.

The next round of training in Sheffield starts next Wednesday, May 24. If you are interested in volunteering contact Nicol Garnon, Volunteer Coordinator at healthystart@henry.org.uk. HENRY group courses are eight weeks long and run in local children’s centres.