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 to support them once a week for as long as necessary. 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?
Volunteers may encourage families to:
All new volunteers feel concerned, anxious & nervous, but throughout the courses these feelings should be alleviated. We will get to know you & ensure a match is made with a suitable family. Regular ongoing support is provided for volunteers both as a group & one-to-one. There are also monthly training sessions for those who wish to attend. 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
24 Cheriton Gardens
Tel: 01303 244836
Office Hours: 9.00am - 4.30pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am - 4.00pm (Friday)
Answer phone outside office hours