Urgent call for NCT helpers

Kirstin Epsley with Rosie Epsley, 2.
Kirstin Epsley with Rosie Epsley, 2.

The National Childbirth Trust’s (NCT) Horsham branch faces closure unless it can find more volunteers to help keep it up and running.

The branch, which provides events, support and practical help for mums across the district, needs replacements for two of its volunteer committee members.

Jenny Parker of Horsham NCT told the County Times that their branch co-ordinator Kirstin Epsley - who is a busy mum herself - will step down at Christmas.

They will also need a new events co-ordinator to organise things like fundraising events, nearly new sales and their Christmas party.

“It would be a real travesty if the branch had to close,” said Jenny.

“I moved to Horsham from London, and when I had my baby I didn’t know anybody.

“I joined the NCT and started going to the local coffee mornings that they hold every Friday. If you don’t know the area it’s a fantastic way to get to know everybody.”

As well as social events, Horsham NCT arranges practical activities and services, including nearly new sales and baby first aid courses run by the Red Cross.

In a letter to the County Times this week, outgoing branch co-ordinator Kirstin Epsley said: “Volunteering for the NCT need not take up much of your time. We just need enthusiastic parents (or grandparents) who can spare their time to help out.

“Even a few hours a week could help keep this vital service thriving. As well as being a brilliant way to meet like-minded parents in the local community, volunteering is also a useful asset to any CV.

“We really don’t want local parents to be forced to travel out of their local community to neighbouring towns such as Crawley, when the branch could continue to thrive in Horsham, if we had some additional volunteer support.”

Anyone who might be able to help, or would like to find out more, can contact the group at horsham-nct@hotmail.co.uk

The branch has a website at www.nct.org.uk/branches/horsham

NCT is the UK’s largest parents’ charity, providing support to more than 1,000,000 parents each year through 300 UK-wide branch networks. NCT has been running for more than 50 years and has 105,000 members.