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.
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.
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.
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: