Our volunteers provide practical support and a listening ear to families. This service is free, non-judgmental and confidential. We offer thorough preparation and support, and on-going opportunities for self-development.
We are currently looking to recruit volunteers who are either bi-lingual with Romanian and English language skills, in addition to increasing our pool of volunteers who are familiar with various Asian dialects; we are happy to provide more detail upon receiving any volunteer enquiries into the role.
Once trained our volunteers are matched with a family in need and visit them once a week to help build parenting confidence, provide practical and emotional support and reassurance. Families may need some extra support for a multitude of reasons - a parent or child may have an illness, post natal depression, family bereavement, spouse in the army, multiple births or disabilities.
Our co-ordinator will get to know you during the 'preparation course' and match you closely with a family's needs. A mutually convenient time is made to support the family, with a co-ordinator and then further support sessions are made between the volunteer and the family.
Families are referred to us from many sources, such as Health Visitors, Pre-schools or families can self refer.
▪ Have a positive attitude to working with people of any gender, family status or sexual identity, or who are from any ethnic origin, culture or religion, or who may have a disability.
▪ Be a parent or have parenting experience.
▪ Demonstrate a sensitive and caring attitude towards others.
▪ Have a non-judgemental attitude.
▪ Be clear about confidentiality and when a confidence remains so, but be able to take action when disclosure of a confidence is essential to the well-being of a child.
▪ Be reliable and understand the importance of reliability to families.
▪ Have good communication skills including an ability to listen.
▪ Understand the need for support.
▪ Have a warm and open personality and a sense of humour.
▪ Have time and enthusiasm for Home-Start.
▪ Be able to commit for at least 12 months following preparation training.
▪ Be able to work as a member of a team.
▪ Be prepared to keep and submit records as requested by the scheme.
Dependant on clients home
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Recruitment Process
Informal chat, application form and references.
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
This opportunity is available in the following areas: