There are several ways you can help Home Start Chichester and District in a voluntary capacity
- By supporting a family as a home visiting volunteer or at one of our family groups
- By joining our Board of Home Start Trustees
- By supporting our fundraising activities
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.
Volunteer preparation course
All of our volunteers attend an 8-week preparation course. This course is enjoyable and relaxed, and will fully prepare you for volunteering with Home-Start. It runs once a week day during school hours. The course is usually held at the Chichester Children and Family Centre. We run two preparation courses a year, and the next one will be starting in September 2019.
Please call us 01243 773477 or email email@example.com 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.
Join our Board of Trustees
Home Start Chichester and District is an independent charity which is managed by a Board of Trustees.
Trustees are volunteers who come from all walks of life and with varying experience, knowledge and skills. We share a common vision, that is, to support families in the Home Start Chichester & District area through managing a successful scheme. Trustees come from a wide range of backgrounds such as health, education, social care, business, legal and HR. However, the main requirements of a trustee are a real interest in the work of the Charity and a willingness to be involved in how it is run.
We particularly need people with skills in
- Business planning
- Information Technology
- Human Resources
- PR and Marketing
We are a group of between 6-10 people who meet bi-monthly in a supportive, friendly and enjoyable environment. There is also the opportunity to become involved in smaller working groups including staff and volunteers. Despite the serious nature of our work, we also have fun together.
If you would like to more about the role of a Trustee, we would be very pleased to hear from you.