Volunteer Mark: giving back to help other families

Pinpoint Volunteer Mark Stocks

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“I volunteer for Pinpoint because of the support and help they gave me when my son was going through a hard time with his mental health and self-harming-  and I decided to give something back.

“I help out where I can. Everyone understands how stressful things can be at times, so it’s very flexible.

“One thing I learnt very quickly with Pinpoint is that parents who are going through a hard time with their children, mental health and self-harming issues often just need someone to listen to them without being judged.

“Isolation is a really  big issue when your child is for example having a melt-down, self-harming.  How do you approach that subject with friends?

“To come into a safe environment to talk about your feelings and to understand that they’re natural feelings was a great help to me.  And now, with the Listen support group  I run at Huntingdon, with support from Pinpoint, I want to help other families in a similar situation.”

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Read more about our volunteering training and roles

Or contact Pinpoint’s volunteer co-ordinator Carole Darlow. Email carole@pinpoint-cambs.org.uk or call the office on 01480 877333.