"When I first came to extended hands I was very quiet and shy (not anymore as most of you probably know) and I thought to myself how am I supposed to talk to all these other ladies? I was the youngest out of all the group and was thinking that people would judge why a young, single mum would be coming or people would think she's put herself into this situation so why should we feel empathy? Has she not got better things to do at her age? But I was very much wrong. All the ladies and volunteers were so helpful a problem shared was a problem halved every time you had a problem a solution was always found at Extended Hands. Sometimes my children would run around and cause havoc and what did everyone do? Jump in and lend a helping hand just like family. That's what Extended Hands is: a big extended family no matter what colour, age, race or ethnicity you are, no one judges you. My confidence has taken such a boost that now I have become a volunteer at Extended Hands and enjoy talking to ladies, meeting ladies out of extended Hands for a chat or maybe them with services in their house or out and about and I don't get paid but what the biggest pay out is hearing ladies responses and praise on how they felt after I have helped them. Now I think about a future and a career because it's not just about tea, coffee and cakes it's about building yourself up in life and reaching out to others and helping them reach the ladders to success. The team have their own families but without a doubt they are always finding ways to keep Extended Hands running and recognisable aiming to meet all the needs of everyone that attends. Day and night, Extended Hands will always to be there for you to lean on. My quote is: I'm learning, I'm laughing, I'm living."