Home-Start Hampshire is small local charity providing support and friendship for families who are going through challenging times when their children are young.
Our volunteers provide practical support and a listening ear to families. This service is free, non-judgemental and confidential. We offer thorough preparation and support, and on-going opportunities for self-development.
Home-Start has been supporting families in the boroughs of Rushmoor & Hart since 2013 and has supported over 200 families.
Once trained our volunteers are matched with a family in need and visit them once a week to help build 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.
We are currently looking for volunteers with parenting experience to attend our 'Preparation Courses' which take place at Quetta Park Community Hall in Church Crookham. Course times will be 9:30am to 2:30pm, one day a week for 6 weeks. These run throughout the year.
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 visit the family, with the co-ordinator and then further visits are made between the volunteer and the family. Volunteers can also help with our family support groups instead of home-visiting if they prefer.
Families are referred to us from Health Visitors, GP's or can self refer.
Parenting experience is essential, patience, understanding, compassion and some spare time! Volunteers must be 18+ but ideally we are looking for more 'mature' volunteers.
- Age restrictions
18+ Ideally volunteers are parents / grandparents themselves.
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
Initial preparation course and then subsequent group refresher training as required.
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Once trained the role is flexible around the volunteer's availablity and 'client' that they are matched with and requires just an hour or two a week.....
This opportunity is available in the following areas: