Couple giving something back to Home-Start

The family, pictured from left: Megan Gray 18, Ethan Gray 10, Mrs Claire Gray, Temperance Gray 4, Glynn Gray, Laney Gray 12 and Damian Gray 14.

The family, pictured from left: Megan Gray 18, Ethan Gray 10, Mrs Claire Gray, Temperance Gray 4, Glynn Gray, Laney Gray 12 and Damian Gray 14.

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A Boston couple who benefited greatly from the Home-Start scheme are now helping people who find themselves in the same position.

Glynn and Claire Gray, of Wheeler Close, were originally referred to Home-Start as they were in need of some support.

A volunteer was placed and helped to support them through a variety of issues.

And they were so impressed with the help on offer that they both decided to give something back by training to become volunteers for the charitable scheme.

Claire said: “Home-Start gave me so much support and helped me get through a difficult time.

“We had three children, all of them under six years old, at the time and I was struggling to cope.

“I had post-natal depression and it was such a help to speak to someone about the problems I was having.

“It also helped that it wasn’t Social Services I was dealing with because you think: ‘If I carry on failing’.

“I wasn’t failing, but you think like that at the time.”

Home-Start scheme manager Judi Kay is full of praise for the couple, who now have five children.

She said: “The family have gone from strength to strength

“Glynn was a really positive role model– to the mothers, who were able to see that not all men were harsh, and for the children to find a gentle man who was willing to join in the play activities and interact with them in a kind and appropriate way.

“Claire’s own parenting experience and life skills equipped her to effectively provide emotional support and practical help to families in their own homes.”

Home-Start, which has been running in Boston for 14 years, supported 195 families with 405 children last year with around four new referrals made each week.

But it is facing an uncertain future with Lincolnshire County Council considering cutting its annual funding of £54,585.

Claire believes it would be a dark day if Home-Start was forced to reduce its support due to a lack of funding.

She added: “It would be a massive blow and would impact on so many people if that happened.”