A home-visiting volunteer provides support for a family in the family’s own home, usually spending a couple of hours once a week with the parents and their children.
You work with each family to help them in the way they need most. This may be with practical tasks such as trips out from the house, getting to appointments or helping get organised; offering advice and sharing experiences; or supporting parents through emotional issues.
All Home Visiting Volunteers…
- Will receive specialised training for the role.
We will provide a full training programme through our Volunteer Preparation Course, so that you feel confident to take on the role of a Home Visiting Volunteer. The training covers such issues as what it is like to visit a family, confidentiality, safeguarding children, child development and play.
- Receive lots of support both during the Preparation Course and after.
Once you have started visiting as a Volunteer, trained and professional Co-ordinators are on hand to offer support and help with any issues.
- Can access additional training and social events throughout the year.
You will also be invited to attend support meetings and further training sessions, where you will have the opportunity to meet other Volunteers and discuss issues.
- Receive all out of pocket expenses.
We feel that it is important for Volunteers not to be out of pocket whilst doing voluntary work, so we will cover all reasonable expenses incurred whilst volunteering for Home-Start, including travelling expenses.
Home Visiting Volunteer
Our Home Visiting Volunteers need to:
- have parenting experience
- be able to spare a couple of hours each week to visit a family at home
- attend our free training course to prepare for the role.