Become a volunteer

What does a Home-Start volunteer do?

Our volunteers visit families in their own homes, where parents feel most at ease and where confidentiality can be respected. Through regular visits a volunteer can offer a family:
  • friendship and support
  • practical help
  • a listening ear
  • reassurance and encouragement
  • help in using other local groups and services

Each family's situation is different, so the support offered by a volunteer will be different for each family .

Who are our volunteers?

Home-Start volunteers are parents or grandparents with an understanding of family life. They have a variety of experiences and skills and come from many differing backgrounds.

Volunteers do not need any special qualifications, but it is important that they are understanding, reliable and committed, and able to respect the need for confidentiality.

What do we ask of our volunteers?

We ask that our volunteers:
  • are parents or grandparents, as this is their most valuable asset in supporting other parents.
  • attend a preparation course - this takes place one day or evening per week, over a period of eight to ten weeks.
  • give 2-3 hours to visit and support a family.

What do we offer our volunteers?

Without our volunteers we wouldn't exist and we want to give them something in return for all they give to us. If you decide to join our volunteer team, you will get the chance to:
  • make new friends
  • develop your own existing skills
  • learn new skills
  • enjoy being part of a caring team
  • take part in social events

Also we provide:

  • support from the organisers and from support groups of volunteers.
  • training in the form of preparation courses and ongoing training to help you in your role as a volunteer.
  • all out of pocket expenses
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