Please come and be a volunteer
If you are interested please get in touch with us via our contacts page.
Existing volunteers can take advantage of our downloadable forms here.
CONVENIENT suitable, easy to use
CREATIVE able to adapt to circumstance
CONSTRUCTIVE serving to improve, positive
COMMUNITY-BASED accessible, where help is needed
CHARITY the giving of help to those in need
COST EFFECTIVE via trained VOLUNTEERS
( who, if paid £7 per hour, would each cost £1,400 per year ) and
CONTINUITY building relationships & exploring
CULTURAL CARE during volunteer training – inherited ideas, beliefs, values and knowledge which constitutes shared bases of social action
COOKING skills shared by and for various events – to the benefit of everyone!
Our Volunteers Credentials:
CORE to our scheme
COME FORWARD to offer one’s service
CONSTANT (unchanging, resolute, loyal)
COMMITMENT (the act of committing or pledging)
COMPREHENSION (the act or capacity of understanding)
COMMUNION (an exchange of thoughts, emotions etc.)
CONSIDERATION (thought towards other people)
CHOICES (alternative action or possibility)
COACHING (in parenting and life skills)
and in return, we offer them…
COURSES of preparation
COMPREHENSIVE ongoing training
CULTURAL AWARENESS (in groups)
CAREFUL matching to COMPATIBLE families
CAMARADERIE through trust
COFFEE MORNINGS (social gatherings)
COUNSELLING (consultation, to think or talk over with)
CULTIVATION (to improve and develop)
CERTIFICATES and CONGRATULATIONS
COACHES transport families for a special day out each summer
CHRISTMAS is made special for families by providing parties and pantomime trips
Have you had children?
If yes, you have valuable experience and understanding to support another parent currently struggling to cope…
perhaps with loneliness,
post natal depression,
If you have 3-4 hours a week spare to REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE
to a local family with pre-school children by home visiting weekly
PLEASE CALL HOME-START TO HEAR ABOUT FREE 40 HOUR TRAINING
01322 225 100 firstname.lastname@example.org
- “Being a volunteer for Home-Start has been fantastic.
- I joined the training course and learnt a lot and also made some new friends.
- I have been with my second family for nearly a year now, because of the level of support they need.
- I just love to see the children’s faces light up when I walk through the door and when mum says it’s about time I had a friend like you.
- We have laughed together – and cried together
- but most of all they feel supported and know there is somebody who cares.
- As a volunteer that somebody is you and that’s what makes it worth it.
- With the continued support you receive from staff – plus the training,
- nothing is hard to overcome or get through –
- and I personally have learnt a lot being part of these families lives. “
- “I feel appreciated by Home-Start”
- “Such a privilege to be involved”
- “The relationship with other volunteers is excellent.
- There is such a mix, especially from minority ethnic groups.
- There is a lot of trust and I have made good friends.”
- “I am enjoying visiting young families and feel that I have learnt a lot
- about a wide range of difficulties they sometimes face. I continue to be grateful for the support of my family in the years when I was bringing up my own children.”
- “As a family, I felt it gave me hope – for a future where I could be happy and confident and a good enough mum. As a volunteer, it gives me a chance to help others – to give back what I received –
- to grow as a person, train, realise my potential, relate to others. Also, a sense of belonging.”
- “It is a nice feeling when the door opens and the family are so pleased to see me.
- Knowing that just a few hours a week makes such a difference to someone
- makes being a befriender so worthwhile.”
- “Home-Start involvement has given me the opportunity to meet people with different knowledge and backgrounds, both while training and at social events.
- I look forward to visiting my family, talking to mum and playing with the children.
- I feel a sense of satisfaction knowing my visit is appreciated.”
- “It helps me to put my personal skills and study experience to practice”
- “It’s very rewarding to know that in a small way I have helped families through some difficult periods in coping with their children’s upbringing.
- I have made some very good friends amongst the parents I have visited and feel I have gained a deeper understanding of the complications of modern family life”
- “I feel rewarded as I witness parents confidence grow. I receive back as much as I give.”
- “I feel like an ‘honorary Grandma’ to the twins in the family I currently visit”
- “I’ve encouraged, praised, hugged, listened, passed on recipes given to me by my own mother, played with numerous children and cuddled all those beautiful babies!”