Volunteer with Home-Start South Worcestershire

NEXT PREPARATION COURSE September 2016.
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The kind of families we support:
We support any family that is struggling to cope, where there is at least one child under five.
Families may need support due to:

  • Isolation
  • Illness or injury
  • Disability or mental health issues
  • Bereavement
  • Relationship problems
  • Multiple births
  • Teenage pregnancy or being a young parent
  • Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted or unhappy
  • Poverty or financial difficulties
  • Poor housing
  • Substance abuse
  • Domestic violence

How volunteers can help:
Volunteers offer tailor-made, emotional and practical support to families through:

  • Help getting to appointments
  • Support in establishing routines
  • Helping to access benefits, grants and financial support
  • Using local services or specialist support
  • Getting the family involved with the local community
  • Encouraging play and reading with their children
  • Listening to the family’s worries or concerns
  • Offering a shoulder to cry on
  • Sharing your own experiences of parenting and family life
  • Being there because you want to – not because someone has ‘sent’ you
  • Giving parents a break from coping alone
  • Having fun
  • Providing support, friendship and encouragement

Home visiting volunteers
To be a Home-Start home visiting volunteer, you will need to:

  • Be a parent or have parenting experience
  • Undergo a criminal record check at enhanced level
  • Attend our free volunteer preparation course with other new volunteers. This is about 30-40 hours and takes place before you are linked with a family.
  • Be able to visit a family at home, once a week, for around two hours, to support them
  • Understand that your support for families is completely confidential
  • Be able to commit to at least a twelve month period of support
  • Have a non-judgemental attitude and understand about the pressure of bringing up a family
  • Volunteers do not need any formal qualifications to support a family. You are fully trained and supported for as long you are helping a family.


Home-Start volunteers are thoroughly trained
and supported before and during their time with a family, and can expect:

  • An induction to Home-Start’s service
  • Full preparation training,  before meeting your first family
  • Regular support and supervision sessions with staff at your local Home-Start
  • Paid travel expenses during training and while you support a family
  • Additional training to supplement your preparation and induction
  • Safeguarding training: provides an overview of safeguarding children in Home-Start, how to respond to concerns about a child and understand where to go for advice and support.

 

Call us on 01905 29377 to find out more, contact us by email or click here for more volunteering opportunities. When you contact us it is useful if you can give us a phone number.

Click below for a volunteer application form, and return to us by )email or post.

Volunteer-Application form