Home-Visiting Volunteer

Across the UK thousands of Home-Start volunteers visit families at home each week, supporting parents in situations as diverse as isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or who are just finding parenting a struggle. They provide non-judgemental practical and emotional support and help build the family’s confidence and ability to cope. Home-Start runs more services and has more volunteers supporting more families than any other family support charity in the UK.

All Home-Start schemes are supported by Home-Start UK, which provides training for staff, volunteers and trustees, information and guidance on governance, legal and human resources issues and help with fundraising and communications.

A quick guide to becoming a Home-Start home-visiting volunteer

  • You must be a parent or have parenting experience.
  • As a Home-Start volunteer you will support a family by visiting them at home for around two hours, once a week.
  • You should be able to commit at least six months of your time to Home-Start.
  • You should have a non-judgemental attitude and understand about the pressures of bringing up a family.
  • You must understand that your support for families is completely confidential.
  • You will have to attend our free Volunteer Preparation Course with other new volunteers before meeting your first family.
  • Travel expenses are paid during training and while you support a family, and help with childcare costs may also be available.
  • If you want to, you may be able to take up the option of your training being formally recognised through accreditation with CERTA the Open College Network.
  • You will have to undergo a criminal record check (DBS) at enhanced level.
  • You will be supported by your Home-Start Organiser during the time you are visiting families with supervision meetings every six weeks.
  • On-going training is available throughout the year on specialist topics and updates, some delivered by specialist external faciliators. 
  • Sample training calendar for 2018 

More questions?

Click here to find the answers to frequently asked questions.

How can I find out more?

If you wish to find out more details, please contact us on 01305 265072 or email us.

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