How to become a Home-Start Volunteer

 

What's Involved

Interested in becoming a Home-Start volunteer?

As a parent you’ll know just how tough it can sometimes be. All parents go through difficult times and we all need a little help sometimes and someone to listen.

We recruit volunteers throughout the year and hold one or more training courses a year depending on demand.

Families in York are offered support by weekly volunteer visits for 2-3 hours a week. Our volunteers usually have parenting experience and understand family challenges which might include -

  •    Loneliness and isolation

  • Coping with twins, triplets or several pre-school children

  • Ill health, bereavement, disability or special needs

  • Lone parenting  First-time parent

  • Postnatal illness

 

Could you help a family make the most of their children’s early years, have fun together and build their confidence as parents?

Our carefully trained volunteers, who all have parenting experience, give emotional and practical help to parents with at least one child under six. By visiting a family in their own home and offering friendly support, Home-Start volunteers can be a lifeline for many families who are finding it hard to cope.

Will I be the right sort of person to support a family?

Home-Start volunteers are all ages and from all walks of life. They have experience of bringing up children and can spare a few hours a week to visit a family. They are supportive, caring, empathetic and non-judgemental.

What do home visits involve?

You could spend time with a parent, helping to build their confidence as they adapt to family life with a small baby or share an outing with a family who finds getting out of the house difficult. The visits might involve providing a listening ear to a mother who has post-natal depression, offering an extra pair of hands to a family with several children or supporting a mum finding herself with little or no family support

Volunteer’s Preparation Course

All volunteers undertake an eight session preparation course to prepare them for the role of volunteer.  The course is interesting and lots of fun with minimal written work. On the course, we focus on life experiences & understand how to be a good listener.  Common sense and a great sense of humour are more important than paper qualifications! There’s lots of support, understanding, encouragement and laughter throughout training and we welcome volunteers of all ages (over 18) and backgrounds.

 You will benefit from

·         Travel expenses to and from the course and for visiting Home-Start families. You will be reimbursed monthly.

·         A DBS check

·         Regular Support in your role

·         Ongoing Training

·         Improve your skills

·         Opportunity to Support families in York

·         Training programme

 

 Commitment to Home-Start

Volunteers need to be able to commit their time:

·         to attend the Preparation Course

·         to visit a family once a week

·         to attend ongoing training sessions

·         to commit to monthly support/supervision sessions

 Come and do something amazing with your spare time because when a family asks us for help… it is a volunteer who makes the difference.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer, the kettle is always on so do call in to the office to get in touch. We would love to welcome you into our happy team! We’re happy to answer any of your questions.


Application Form

You can download an application by clicking the button below. Alternatively, please send us an email expressing your interest and we’ll get back to you.


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Pre Course Info

Volunteer’s Preparation Course

All volunteers undertake an eight session preparation course to prepare them for the role of volunteer. The course is interesting and lots of fun with minimal written work. On the course, we focus on life experiences & understand how to be a good listener. Common sense and a great sense of humour are more important than paper qualifications! There’s lots of support, understanding, encouragement and laughter throughout training and we welcome volunteers of all ages (over 18) and backgrounds.

You will benefit from

· Travel expenses to and from the course and for visiting Home-Start families. You will be reimbursed monthly.

· A DBS check

· Regular Support in your role

· Ongoing Training

· Improve your skills

· Opportunity to Support families in York

· Training programme

Commitment to Home-Start

Volunteers need to be able to commit their time:

· to attend the Preparation Course

· to visit a family once a week

· to attend ongoing training sessions

· to commit to monthly support/supervision sessions

Come and do something amazing with your spare time because when a family asks us for help… it is a volunteer who makes the difference.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer, the kettle is always on so do call in to the office to get in touch. We would love to welcome you into our happy team! We’re happy to answer any of your questions.

Expenses, Diary Sheets & Newsletter

If you’re a current volunteer, you can download your diary sheets, expenses form and newsletter here.