Caroline's volunteering story Name: Caroline Where do you live: Hampshire Volunteer role: Parent Ambassador Tell us a bit about yourself: I am a mum to six children and nana to six grandchildren. I have two young children who are both diagnosed with autism, so a full time mum, carer and wife to hubby Darren. I have had many roles in my life including being a shop assistant and factory work. I have been to University to study for a BA honours in Social Work. I have also been a classroom assistant. I am a Autism Ambassador and Parent Rep for Hampshire Parent Carer Network, along with being a Parent Ambassador for Family Fund. Why did you start volunteering for Family Fund? I started volunteering because I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 11 years ago. I was very poorly unable to do paid work, now I manage my pain a lot better. I volunteer to do what I love the most - helping people, giving back to communities and sharing my knowledge to help support parents of children and adults with additional needs. I can do this when I am able to manage my health at the same time. What is your role and what do you most enjoy about it? My role as a volunteer is to spread knowledge about Family Fund. In the north of Hampshire there is little knowledge, so where ever I go I take literature and hand out posters/leaflets. I talk about Family Fund and encourage parents to join and to apply. What would you recommend about volunteering to others? I volunteer to do what I love the most helping people, giving back to communities. If you have a few hours a month or week, and can talk to parents - make them feel at ease, listen and support their struggles, suggest Family Fund or a leaflet drop to facilities around your town. I would recommend volunteering, you could meet people, socialise in your community with no pressure, and feel humbled you are making a change. Find out more about how you could volunteer for Family Fund here.