A Little Goes a Long Way

Sean volunteered for Home Link Family Support as he was a father who knew some of the pressures that can be around when bringing up young children, especially when there is little support. He wanted to help other families who might be having stressful times. He was also interested in making a career change to social work and wanted to experience some first-hand family work to help him decide.

Coinciding with this, Home Link Family Support had a request from a social worker to provide a good male role model for a young boy who had been through some very bad life experiences.

Sean was matched with this child, taking him out weekly and building a relationship of trust. He interacted with the social worker and foster carer as well as his Home Link Family Support Project Worker, which gave Sean insight and experience in this field.

The most important outcome of his work, though, was the assessment after a year of contact which said that his input had helped move this little boy on in trust, self esteem and confidence to try new things.

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