We want to ensure that our volunteers feel fully prepared for the role ahead of them which is why we never send anyone out until they have completed our volunteer preparation course.
During this 8 week, accredited course you will develop the knowledge and skills you will need to effectively provide 1:1 support for children and families.
Once you are trained and matched with a family, you will receive regular supervision with a member of our team and ongoing training opportunities to enable you to develop your skills further.
The training sessions will prepare you for the home visiting role, covering topics such as child development, safeguarding vulnerable children, difficulties and issues experienced by families, boundaries and values, supervision and support, and will provide you with practical skills for working alongside parents and their children.
A quick guide to becoming a home visiting volunteer
- You must be a parent yourself or have parenting experience, as we have found this is the best way to empathise with families.
- As a Home-Start volunteer you will support a family by visiting them at home for around two hours, once a week.
- You should be able to commit for at least six months to Home-Start.
- You should have a non-judgmental attitude and understanding about the pressures of bringing up a family.
- You will have to attend our free Volunteer Preparation Course with other new volunteers before meeting your first family.
- Expenses are paid during your training and while you are supporting a family.
- You must understand that your support for families is completely confidential.
- You will have to undergo an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.
- You will be supported by our team during the time you are visiting families.