Our volunteers are working with a family of five - Dad and four children. Dad tried to keep his labourer’s job but with the recession and cost of childcare he eventually went on social welfare. When dad was working he received family Income Supplement but the family still struggled. Now without that payment, there isn’t enough income for the basics, never mind when anything goes wrong.
We provide help with the basics; school bus fares and other educational costs. We have also supported the family to go on holidays. Three of the four children take part in an SVP student tuition scheme, where they get one to one educational support. There has been a big difference with the children – they are more confident and outgoing and the hope is that it will give them a better chance in life.