MORE volunteers are needed by the Eastleigh-based Parentline to help the growing number of stressed families.

The plea has been backed by the town's MP David Chidgey who has been having talks with Parentline officials at their Wessex House base.

It follows an open day which attracted wide interest and support and praise for Parentline's work in the community.

The confidential service provides support and advice to parents and those caring for children.

Last year Parentline helped more than 400,000 families throughout the country via a range of services including training workshops and a free confidential helpline.

Mr Chidgey said: "I was delighted to visit Parentline to congratulate them on their work.

"They make a valuable contribution to the community, enabling many parents and their children to form better relationships with their families.

"Families come in different shapes and sizes with all sorts of different problems.

"The wealth of experience offered by organisations like Parentline can provide vital support to overcome worries about the care and education of children.

"Doing the best for your children is not always straightforward and single parents in particular can often find themselves isolated.

"I know that our local branch of Parentline is providing an excellent service in our community."

But the MP said: "With more volunteers they can make a real difference to many more families in need of support."

Eastleigh's local organiser is Lorraine Tate and she can be contacted on 023 8061 9826.

More information can be found on the free confidential number 0808 800 2222 or website