What do volunteers actually do?

Mum with baby Our volunteers will usually visit a parent in their home once a week for a couple of hours. How they help is really down to the needs of the family. Some might need a sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry on, someone to have a laugh with. Others may need help keeping appointments or accessing local services and ‘connecting’ with their local community.

Our volunteers can provide an extra pair of hands to help people cope with everyday parenting situations, or practical help with activities like playing or reading stories.

So who are our volunteers?

They are people just like you – ordinary people who understand just how hard it can be to bring up young children. They all have parenting experience – some are young, others are not so young – and they come from many different backgrounds. Some have even been helped by Home-Start themselves.

Do you need any qualifications?

The only real ‘qualification’ you need to become a Home-Start volunteer is experience of bringing up children. You will be friendly and understanding and have a practical approach to problems. You don’t judge people, you accept them for what they are and then strive to support them as they try to give their children the best possible start in life. You will receive full training on one of our preparation courses before being carefully matched with families where your own set of experiences and skills can help the most.

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