Home-Start Pendle & Ribble Valley is one of Lancashire’s leading volunteer-led charities.

Volunteers are local people with parenting experience. They are trained and supported before being matched to their family. Home-Start prides itself on providing ongoing support and supervision to volunteers on their Home-Start journey.

Home-Start volunteers come from all walks of life and experiences. All that’s asked of them in return is that they have a caring and non-judgemental attitude and can commit to visiting a family in their own home for two-three hours per week.

What Home-Start volunteers offer is a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on and a practical pair of hands. Right from the start, parents are told that Home-Start’s ethos is not to judge, which is crucial for parents reaching out for help. What our volunteers do is build a trusting relationship with their family. This is a gradual process and is taken at the family’s own pace, so that they feel in control and not coerced into making changes they are not ready for.

Families invite Home-Start volunteers into their lives and homes, often saying: “What I love about Home-Start is their volunteers are there because they want to be, not because they are paid to be.” This reduces barriers in families accessing support.

We are delighted to have had confirmation that The Big Lottery Fund has awarded us another three years funding for our work with families of children aged 5-13 years. This means we can now support families with children aged 5-13 years, as well as our core work with families under 5 years. The project has been extended to cover all of East Lancashire and we are excited to be working with our colleagues at Home-Start Rossendale, Burnley and Hyndburn Scheme to deliver this.

A guide to volunteering for Home-Start

All volunteers…

Undertake a 10 week course of preparation that takes place one day a week. This fully prepares volunteers
for their role.

Receive ongoing support and supervision from a designated Home-Start co-coordinator and have access to
further training opportunities.

Can access additional training and social events throughout the year.

Receive all out of pocket expenses incurred whilst volunteering for Home-Start.

Our volunteers have to complete a DBS check.
Find out what some of our existing Home-Start volunteers say about their Home-Start experience, by watching our film ‘A Journey Together’

Volunteer application pack

If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer please contact Katherine on 01282 690536 for a recruitment pack or download here:





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