interested in volunteering?
Volunteer with Us
We are always looking for interested people to volunteer their
time. There are a few different opportunities for volunteering with
Home-Start; either by working directly with families as a
Home-Visiting Volunteer, or as a Trustee Volunteer on the Management
At the heart of Home-Start is the belief that parents play the key
role in giving their children the best start in life and that other
parents have the experience and understanding to support those
families who need help.
If you’re a parent or a grandparent, you know just how tough family
life can be at times. We are looking for people who have the time and
commitment to support a family through a difficult period in their
lives. Our volunteers come from all ages and backgrounds and have a
common interest in helping local families.
Volunteers support families by visiting them at home for 2-3 hours
per week. They offer both emotional and practical support helping
parents cope with everyday situations.
All volunteers undertake a 40 hour Preparation Course to prepare
them for their new role. Volunteers find that they learn a lot about
themselves during the course and some even find it is a stepping stone
to a new career.
Volunteers all receive on-going support and supervision from
Coordinators, have access to further training and social events
throughout the year, and receive reimbursement for all out-of-pocket
If you are interested in joining us as a Home visiting Volunteer
please complete and return a Volunteer Application Form (see link,
For additional information see the Guide to Becoming a Volunteer
(see link, right) or contact us if you would like to discuss anything.
Click here to watch a short video of the journeys of some families
We are keen to hear from people who would like to support our
organisation by becoming a Trustee.
Being a Trustee is all about the governance of the charity:
- Making the charity effective
- Providing overall strategic direction
- Maintaining sound management of funds
Trustees are expected to attend a Board meeting every 8 weeks, and
to be an active part of a sub-group, which would involve further
meetings. In addition there is an Annual General Meeting and various
fundraising, volunteer and family events throughout the year. It is an
important role, carrying legal and financial responsibilities, which
will require time and commitment. You will also be invited to regional
and scheme training and events.
If you are interested, or would like further information please
contact the office.