Samaira Bi, 30, is a single mum to her five-year-old daughter. Samaira was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 16, meaning that she is unable to leave the house without another adult.
When my epilepsy nurse told me about Home-Start Bradford District volunteers, I jumped at the chance to have someone outside my family to help me with my little girl. Because of the epilepsy, I am unable to leave the house without a chaperone, which can be very isolating for me and my daughter.
I was a bit nervous at first, but when Shamim came into my life I grew to trust her quickly and really rely on her.
I had lost all confidence and felt like such a bad mum, but Shamim would continually tell me how fantastic I was and how well dressed and well-behaved and lovely my daughter is because of my parenting.
I looked forward to Shamim’s visits – she took us to some really great places such as play centres and play groups. Shamim even took me out for lunch and shopping, which I had never done – it gave me an opportunity to talk about my epilepsy and how it affects my life. Not once in Shamim’s company did I have a seizure – I think it was because she made me feel so relaxed and would give me great advice.
I would recommend Home-Start volunteers to families that need a little extra support. Having one in my life was such a great help. They help you do things that you can’t do easily on your own.
All thanks to Shamim, I was able to get out and about and I had someone that I could talk to openly. I finally felt like I was having special time with my daughter. Shamim was simply amazing – I just wish I could have had her for longer!
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