Margaret's story: "I have an autistic grandson so I wanted to widen my knowledge of autism"

Margaret Northampton Volunteer June 24

For National Volunteers Week, we wanted to celebrate the vital work that our volunteers do and share some words from one of our dedicated Family Support Hub volunteers.

Margaret, who sought out volunteering roles following her retirement, was reading the local paper when she found the request for volunteers at our monthly hub in Northampton.

As the grandmother of an autistic grandson I was keen to spend time with other families in similar circumstances and to widen my knowledge of autism. I have been introduced to some amazing families and have gained so much from hearing their stories of resilience and determination to find the best opportunities for their children.

After speaking with Children and Families Service Manager Lesley Lock, it was clear that Margaret would be a great fit to support the monthly hub, which provides a safe and comfortable space for families of children with autism.

I have been warmly welcomed and discovered that is what is often needed is a cup of tea, a listening ear and a safe and inclusive environment for the children. I help to set up the hub and to pack away at the end but the best part is interacting with the children and talking to parents or grandparents. I always leave knowing that all the children had a good time and I look forward to next month.

Want to be part of our hubs?

We're looking for more Family Support Hub volunteers across the East Midlands. We are particularly looking for volunteers at the following hubs:

  • Kirkby in Ashfield
  • Rotherham
  • Newark
  • Cropwell Butler
  • Loughborough
  • Mansfield Woodhouse (for our teens hub)

To apply, contact with details of what location you are interested in.

Thank you to all of our volunteers for their hard work. If you are looking to attend one of our family support hubs, please visit our Family Support Hubs page.

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