Becoming a volunteer

What does a Home-Start Volunteer actually do?

Once a volunteer has been matched with a family, they would visit that family once a week for 2-3 hours. The way in which our volunteers help is specific to each family. Volunteers may accompany families to appointments or groups; they may provide practical help with the children or just be there as a listening ear. We are not babysitters or home-helps but we will work alongside families to manage situations causing them stress.

For more information about the role of a Home-Start Volunteer please click here

What qualifications are necessary to become a volunteer?

We are not concerned with qualifications. All that we ask is that our volunteers have experience of bringing up children and that you have the ability to listen, and not to judge. Our volunteers will also undergo an enhanced DBS check and must provide two referees.

Click here for our volunteer profile

Is there any training required to be a volunteer?

All of our volunteers need to attend a 40 hour volunteer preparation course. This is usually spread out over a period of 7/8 weeks. The course is designed to prepare our volunteers for their role in supporting families. Our next volunteer training course dates have yet to be arranged. Volunteers can opt to take accreditation while on the prep course – more information is available here.

Is there any ongoing support for the volunteers?

Our organisers are in regular contact with all our volunteers – you will be fully supported with regular calls and supervision. We have regular volunteer group meetings – an opportunity to meet other volunteers and to find out what is happening with scheme. On –going training will be provided.

What are the first steps to becoming a volunteer?

­Contact Dawn at the office or 01672 569457 for further details and an application form or download one here Once you have completed it please return it to the office by post or email us.