We maintain a team of 50 – 60 volunteers who provide a much needed support and befriending service to families who have at least one child under the age of five years. Volunteers are asked to visit one or two families, once or twice a week for a couple of hours at a time.
We welcome volunteers from all walks of life, of all ages and backgrounds; it is their life experiences, attitude and interpersonal skills that matter. Volunteers do not necessarily need to be a parent themselves, but need to have had experience of 24/7 parenting of young children – for example in a fostering or adoption situation. Volunteers need the ability to:
- Listen with understanding
- Maintain confidentiality
- Be committed to the scheme and to the families with whom they are paired
Volunteers must attend a training course for one day a week which is run over the course of 8 weeks and which prepares and equips them to support the family that they are ultimately paired with. Volunteers all have an enhanced DBS check. They receive further training on an ongoing basis thereafter.
Our next volunteer training course will be starting in January 2019. Please call us on 01243 773477 if you would be interested in joining our volunteer team. Alyson, Claire or Lois will get back to you to arrange an informal interview at your convenience to chat through what volunteering for Home-Start might involve.