Could you become a Home Visiting Volunteer for Home-Start?
Without Volunteers we wouldn’t be able to do what we do!
We aim to recruit Volunteers from all walks of life who have various life experiences and cultural backgrounds and who are aged 18+.
What does a Home Visiting Volunteer do?
- Offer friendship, guidance and both practical and emotional support to a family with a child/ren under 7 or expecting a baby.
- Visit the family for around 2-4 hours per week and use their experience and understanding of family pressures to provide support according to the needs of that family.
- Help parents to give their children the best start in life that they can, and help the family to become more confident, resilient and independent.
When family needs support it’s the Volunteer who makes a difference!
What does it take to be a Home-Start Volunteer?
- Volunteers are usually parents, grandparents or have parenting experience.
- No special qualifications are needed, however, understanding the pressures which raising a family can bring, especially to someone in difficult circumstances, is necessary.
- Have a warm and open personality with the ability to listen and communicate well.
- Have a non-judgmental approach towards people who may view things differently and who may be from different cultures, religion, gender, or sexual preferences.
- Be reliable, able to respect confidentiality, and able to commit to weekly visits.
- Attend our Preparation Course which is held over 10 weeks.
There are 168 hours in the week – can you spare 2-4?
There is no “typical family” just as there is no “typical Volunteer”.
What are the benefits of being a Home-Start Volunteer?
- You will gain hands on experience by working with and supporting families where they may be difficulties around mental or physical health issues, relationships or loneliness and isolation.
- You will gain increased knowledge of child development and services in your area which can provide support.
- You will gain experience that can help you to develop or change your career.
- Further learning and development opportunities are available, some of which can lead to accredited qualifications . View more about our learning and development…
- Regular support sessions are given by a Coordinator.
- New friendships can be formed with other Volunteers
- Most importantly you can enjoy a real sense of doing something worthwhile and being part of your community in a positive way.
The Process of Becoming a Volunteer
If you are interested in joining us please see the process below.
- Initial Chat – If you would like to know more please contact us on [email protected] to arrange a telephone call with one of our team.
- Volunteer Questionnaire – If you feel ready now, or after a chat, please complete the Vounteer Form below and return by email to [email protected].
- Home–Visit – Once we have recieved your Volunteer Form we will contact you to arrange a ‘home visit’ with you – we do this as part of our Safer Recruitment Procedure.
- References & DBS – References will be sought, and an DBS application sent so you can attend our Preparation Training Course.
- Preparation Course – Your attendance on our free 10-week preparation course will give you an understanding of your role – skills knowledge and expectations – as a Volunteer. Once you have completed the course will will match you with a family.
Ready to join us now ! – please complete the Volunteer Form below and return to us at [email protected]
Here are some Volunteer Journeys
I have been volunteering for HomeStart Leeds for almost 5 years. As an adoptive parent I’d found parenting difficult and wanted to give something back…
There have been good times, when things have turned out well and bad times too, when the ending didn’t turn out as we had hoped….
It is a cliche I know, but I have to say that it really has been a privilege to be allowed into homes as a…
Volunteer Testimonials for the Preparation Course
“I can thoroughly recommend it. I found the course totally thought provoking and it has given me a real focus to get involved in helping families with Home-Start Leeds” Volunteer Cathy
“This is the second time I have been on the Preparation Course, as my first time was some years ago now, and the latest one was even more informative and really relevant to the issues faced by today’s families. The course gives you clear situation examples that help you understand how you can support a family!” Volunteer Paris
“I found the whole 10 week course absolutely thought provoking. The real-life case studies really helped you understand how you can use your life-experiences to support families.” Volunteer Rachael
“The course helped me understand the relevance of my own experiences as a parent and how I can use these to help and support others.” Volunteer Kirsty
“I was a bit nervous at first after I had signed up for the course, as a 10 week commitment seemed a bit of a challenge! How wrong I was! The course just flew by and I found that each of the sessions was well thought through and allowed all the group to talk through and share views on the case studies. We had 3 excellent Course facilitators who brought just the right balance of seriousness, fun and practicality to the various sessions”. Volunteer KJ