Single father of three, Wayne was referred to Home-Start for support as he gained custody of his children.
Living in a small flat but unable to work due to childcare, Wayne was struggling financially and with routines for the children.
“It was really tough.” Explains Wayne. “Some weeks money is so tight that I literally have £25 to feed the family for the week once I pay everything else. But making sure the kids are fed is the priority. Often the kids would have their meal and I would eat a sandwich just to tide me over.
“Not having a car is also a problem, and means I have to use public transport to get to the supermarkets or use my local store which is far more expensive than shopping at the budget stores I prefer to use. But I have to be so careful and make sure I am around to do the school runs. It’s a definite juggling act.”
Wayne was introduced to his volunteer who was able to help him access the financial support he needed through Citizens Advice. By helping Wayne with budgeting and meal planning, giving him recipes and ideas for nutritious meals that could feed the family and stretch further, Home-Start worked with Wayne to ensure he had more confidence in himself and his ability to care for his family.
“My volunteer was brilliant. I enjoyed having someone to talk to and the ideas and advice they gave me was really helpful. It’s made such a difference to my family. Things are still tight, financially but I feel more in control. I can’t thank them enough really for all they have done.”
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“My volunteer was brilliant. I enjoyed having someone to talk to and the ideas and advice they gave me was really helpful. It’s made such a difference to my family.”