01303 244836

Who are Home-Start volunteers?

Volunteers are normally parents themselves, who offer their time freely, although all out-of-pocket expenses are paid. After attending an initial course of preparation for one day a week , volunteers are matched with a family. All volunteers receive regular ongoing support and training. Volunteers are there to support parents and their child(ren) in ways which the family finds most useful, which may be different from, but complimentary to, professional approaches or priorities. Visiting will continue for the period of time agreed by the family and the Home-Start Co-ordinator at the initial visit and at review.

What can Home-Start volunteers offer?

  • A listening ear
  • Help with the children
  • A break for the parents
  • Practical help
  • Reassurance
  • An opportunity to meet other parents

Volunteers may encourage families to:

  • Make effective use of local resources
  • Keep appointments
  • Renew links with family and friends

All new volunteers feel concerned, anxious and nervous, but throughout the courses these feelings should be alleviated. We will get to know you and ensure a match is made with a suitable family. Regular ongoing support is provided for volunteers both as a group and one-to-one. If there are any difficulties or problems, a volunteer only has to call the office.

We would be delighted to come out and meet with you to answer any questions you may have. We make a difference to those families we support – but we need people like you. Can you help us make a difference?   If you have the skills we are looking for, please Contact Us.

Current volunteers –  diary sheets click here

Current volunteers – expense sheets click here


Contact us to find out more...

24 Cheriton Gardens

CT20 2AS

Tel: 01303 244836

Email: office@homestartshepway.org.uk

Office Hours: 9.00am - 4.30pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am - 4.00pm (Friday)

Answer phone outside office hours