Dinky's story

"It's great to make a difference".

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Trainee midwife and mum-of-four Dinky Manning says: “It’s difficult to put into words how much volunteering and then working for Family Lives helped me – it was pivotal in getting me to where I am today, what with all the training and encouragement I received.

"Family Lives gave me a lot of confidence and made me believe in myself. I’d always wanted to be a midwife and I haven’t looked back since I started my course. I’ve had great support from my family and from Family Lives along the way.

“I have to say that volunteering is so fulfilling. It’s great to be able to know that you might be making a difference in someone’s life, even if it’s just to get them through that day – that’s often what it’s all about.”

How we can help you

If you would like support and advice, you can talk to one of our Family Support Workers by calling our confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222. You can also share experiences and advice with other parents on our Forums. Family Lives is here for you and you can contact us about any family issue, big or small.

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