Bendigo life changer up for Premier's award

Baptcare Home Start Bendigo volunteer Kietha Jamieson has been nominated for the prestigious Premier's Volunteer Champions Award. Kietha was recognised for her contributions in supporting and uplifting Bendigo families across a period of eight years.

Kietha has volunteered weekly with local families to help them feel settled and supported in the community, allowing them to have the “confidence to be a parent”. Having moved to Australia with school aged children not too long ago, Keitha knows first-hand the value of having a support network when raising a family.

Kietha said many of the families she works with have children with disabilities and that find the right services to meet their needs is a big part of her job.

“There are so many wonderful services available in Bendigo and it’s my job to connect (the families) with the resources and services,” Kietha said.

Kietha added she loves her role and the bonds she shares with the families she works with/

“I still have great friendships with some of the families… and it’s so important (for these families) to just know they have a friend in need,” she said.

Kietha's contributions to the Home Start program has given families the opportunity to thrive in the areas of education, connection and communication. Together with her Home Start team, Bendigo families are stronger and more confident.

“It’s fantastic that Home Start is being acknowledged,” Kietha concluded.

An article in the Bendigo Advertiser recently revealed that cost of living pressures are pushing central Victorian families to breaking point. Baptcare's Home Start program was featured along with the Salvation Army Bendigo Corps and CatholicCare Sandhurst, all of who are seeing an increase in the number of families calling for assistance. Click here to read the article.

Contact: Annemarie Watt

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