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.

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:

Volunteer information pack 2016

Summary of Home Start Pendle & Ribble Valley 2016


Volunteer Equality Information form

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