Debbie's Story

Archie is a 10 year old boy whose Dad Phil is terminally ill with leukaemia and has complex health needs which mean that he needs to rest in bed or in his wheelchair. Mum Debbie has little time to spend with Archie as she is Phil’s carer. When Debbie got in touch with Home-Start she was worried that Archie was missing out on having someone to play with, he was spending long periods on his tablet and had low self- esteem and poor body image.

This is where volunteer Thomas stepped in. Thomas has been visiting once a week as a mentor for Archie and has done some amazing things together. Thomas taught Archie how to play chess and cricket, and when they went to the park and Archie wasn’t confident about using the zip wire Thomas jumped on to show him how and encouraged him to try. He did and he loved it! 

We are pleased to share Debbie's story with you....