Volunteer for Home-Start

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There are many opportunities for volunteering within Home-Start, both working directly with families or supporting those who do. At the heart of the charity are our Home-Visiting Volunteers.

Each volunteer visits families at home for a couple of hours, once a week, giving emotional and practical help. Our visiting volunteers are friendly and approachable and can be relied on and trusted by parents to listen without being judgemental, and to respect the needs of each individual family.

The trustees, who manage Home-Start Maldon, are also volunteers. They receive special preparation for their role within the charity too. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, go to the Trustee page or contact us to find out more


What do our visiting volunteers do?

Our volunteers support other parents by visiting them in their own home once a week for a couple of hours. How you help is really down to the family itself. Some might need someone to talk to….others may need more practical support with reading to the children, going to the local park, or finding out about local services.


Do I need any qualifications to be a volunteer?

The only real ‘qualification’ is having parenting experience. Friendliness and a caring attitude are essential as well as an understanding of the pressures of parenting. We value people who don’t judge others and who will respect the fact that they have been invited into a family’s home. You will also need an enhanced criminal records check.


Do volunteers get any training?

We give high priority to the recruitment, induction, training and support of all of our volunteers. Before you are matched with a family, you will need to attend a 10 week training programme. You will be supported during your training and throughout your contact with families.


What would I get out of volunteering with Home-Start?

Knowing you have helped; a boost to your self-esteem and confidence; even a foot on the ladder towards a job.

Next: Become a trustee