“It’s empowering the parents. It’s them gaining their integrity, their dignity, their validation that it’s ok to be who I am. It’s ok. And if I can accept myself I can pass that onto the children and they can accept their self and we can all just get on with the job.”
“It’s a bit of a cliché,” Mary Anne says, “but I came to a point in my life when I felt it was my turn to give back. That sounds really corny, doesn’t it?” But, despite the fact she’s volunteering her time to support families, Mary Anne counts herself as the lucky one. “You get more out of it than you give…These families are my teacher. I’m the one volunteering and I’m giving the support and they’re the ones teaching me. It’s crazy, isn’t it?”
Mary Anne knows it can be tough for parents and has nothing but admiration, respect and empathy for the people she works with. “It’s probably not a nice place to be,” she says, “but there is a rainbow. There is help. You can move forward, it can be done. You can do it.”
Volunteer Family Connect is made possible thanks to our compassionate volunteers and our generous supporters. Thank you for your time, energy and donations – you’re giving parents the support they need when facing tough times.