Some people prefer to support a host. Supports help to take some of the pressure off the host they are paired with. Supporting is less demanding than hosting, and is a great way of getting involved without the greater commitment of hosting, although it may be harder to establish a bond with the children. There are many different ways of supporting, but here are some ideas. You might:
- Take the visiting children out to give the host a break
- Invite the visiting children to your home for a meal or an afternoon
- Accompany the host on group outings or free day outings, to help out and provide moral support
- Help with giving the visiting children lifts
- Make a picnic for the host and/or the children for an outing
- Offer to pick up some shopping at the supermarket – some visiting children eat their way through large quantities of food!
- Offer to do some ironing, bake a cake or provide a casserole
What works best depends on the individuals. Here are some comments from supports in previous years:
"I felt very involved with the girls we supported, and there were lots of opportunities to spend time with other children in the group as well, so we felt involved to some degree with most of them."
"Our own children really enjoyed getting to know and getting involved with the girls on the trip which made the joint activities great fun."
"The visit was a wonderful experience for the children, and without doubt for us - this has been an experience that everyone has gained from!"
Learn more about supporting by reading about the experiences of a previous CCLL Mid Surrey Link support.
You can also download a copy of the Mid Surrey Link Information Pack.