As a parent you will know how tough it can sometimes be. Did you often long to have someone to confide in or just have a chat with?

Home-Start offers this kind of support

Our carefully trained volunteers, who all have experience of bringing up children, give free emotional and practical help to any parent, with at least one child under five. By visiting a family in their own home and offering friendship, Home-Start volunteers represent 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. All that we ask of you is that you have experience dealing with young children and can spare between two to three hours a week.

What would visiting the family involve?

This varies. You could spend time with a young parent, helping to build their confidence as they adapt to life with a small baby, or share an outing with a family who finds getting out of the house difficult. The visits might involve offering an extra pair of hands to a family with several children or providing a listening ear to a mother or father who is suffering postnatal illness.

Being a Home-Start volunteer means offering friendship to parents and spending time with families in a way that meets their needs.

What will I gain from being a Home-Start volunteer?

Out of pocket expenses will be paid.

Contact us today if you are interested in volunteering or would like to know more about the role.

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