Since January 2015 the Streatfield family have been receiving support from volunteer Theresa Nunn who visits their home on a weekly basis to help with general day to day jobs such as housework.
Ava Streatfield, who is 4 year-old, lives in Ipswich with her Mum Debbie, Dad Darryl and two sisters, Freya, who is 10 years-old and Ruby, aged two. Ava has Cerebral Palsy as a consequence of being starved of oxygen around the time of her birth and suffers from epilepsy, dystonic spasms and is fed via a gastrostomy tube into her stomach. Ava requires round the clock care for her complex needs and has twice daily chest physiotherapy to keep her breathing and lungs as healthy as possible. Her whole family has been receiving care and support from EACH since Ava was just three days old.
Debbie Streatfield, Ava’s mum, explained: “Ava requires around the clock care and my husband Darryl works shifts during the nights and evenings. This combined with the usual commitments that come along with having a three children means that trying to fit in all the housework jobs as well is near impossible.
“The support we received from Theresa is invaluable to us as a family. Having someone come in and help means life at home is just that bit easier, we get more time to spend with the children together, as opposed to one of use taking the children out whilst the other stays behind to catch up with the chores. The girls feel totally at ease when Theresa is in our home, she always has a smile on her face even when Ruby is ‘helping’ her with the housework!”
Volunteer Theresa Nunn, aged 43 and also from Ipswich, has been supporting the family since January and would encourage others to find out more about voluntary opportunities at EACH.
Theresa explained: “I chose to volunteer on the Family Volunteer Support Project because the work they do with families is outstanding! EACH is a local charity in my community and I wanted to be part of it. It is a great incentive that Volunteering Matters and EACH have worked together to run such an important project. Being a parent myself I wanted to be able to help in anyway I could to make a family’s life a bit easier.
“Visiting the Streatfield family is one of my favourite times of the week, it gives me a real buzz! The family makes me feel very welcome and I'm so glad I decided to take on the role. I feel so privileged to be working with such a fantastic family who I really admire.
“Volunteering has given me more confidence, a sense of achievement and is so rewarding and fun, it’s given me to determination to persevere with whatever challenges in life lies ahead!”