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.
Here is a quick guide to becoming a 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 will have to attend our free Volunteer Preparation Course with other new volunteers before meeting your first family.
• 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 the Open College Network.
• You must understand that your support for families is completely confidential.
• You will have to undergo a criminal record check at enhanced level.
• You will be supported by your local Home-Start during the time you are visiting families.