Home-Start volunteers can support local families in a number of ways, using their unique skills and experiences to help them cope. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and generally help out in one of the following roles:
To be a Home-Start home visiting volunteer, you will need to:
- Be a parent or have parenting experience (We will discuss this with you)
- Undergo a criminal record check at enhanced level
- Attend our free volunteer preparation course with other new volunteers. This is normally 36 hours’ training over eight weeks and takes place before you are linked with a family.
- Be able to visit a family at home, once a week, for around two hours, to support them
- Understand that your support for families is completely confidential
- Be able to commit to at least a six month period of support
- Have a non-judgemental attitude and understand about the pressure of bringing up a family
- Volunteers do not need any formal qualifications to support a family. You are fully trained and supported for as long you are helping a family.
Please contact the office for details of the next 10 week training course.
Trustees serve on the governing body (board) of a charity and are responsible for directing the management and administration of the charity. They have a wide range of duties and are responsible for making the charity effective, providing overall direction and maintaining sound management of funds. The skills they provide can include:
- Fund raising
- General business management
- Financial and legal expertise
- IT knowledge
- Human resources experience
- PR & media skills
- Knowledge of family support issues in the community
Trustees meet 6-9 times a year and some additional time may be required to fulfil certain tasks or roles.