Home-Start volunteers come from all backgrounds and are of various ages. What they all have in common is that they have had experience of bringing up children and have a few hours to spare each week.
What does being a volunteer involve?
This varies, but all our volunteers provide emotional as well as practical support to families. Volunteers visit families in their own homes, normally for a couple of hours each week, and may be a listening ear one week and an extra pair of hands the next. Support for the family will last as long as the family and Home-Start feel it is required. Where possible, Home-Start tries to match the skills and experience of the volunteer to the needs of the family. You may be helping a mum with post-natal depression or with a child with special needs or supporting a family with multiple pre-school age children. All our families are unique.
Volunteers are not paid to provide support but out of pocket expenses are reimbursed. All potential volunteers undertake a course of preparation and have a criminal records check and references taken up before being matched with a family.
What will I gain from being a volunteer?
You will meet new friends and have lots of fun, develop new skills and experience to add to your c.v but, most importantly, you will be helping families cope with the pressures they are facing and making a real difference to their everyday lives.
I’m not a parent, is there anything I can do?
Yes, absolutely! We always need volunteers to support the scheme either as fund-raisers or perhaps by joining our Board of Trustees and getting involved in the management of the scheme. For these roles, you do not need to have parenting experience.
Join the board of trustees
We work with a diverse board who bring a range of skills to the organisation. We would welcome applicants to join our volunteer board of trustees who have experience of being a Home-start volunteer or supported family, who have knowledge relating to management, finance, marketing, health and safety, fundraising. There are many more skills which we would value, so if you feel you have something to give and could attend regular board meetings (usually on a Thursday morning on the second Thursday of the month) please get in touch,
How do I become a volunteer?
To become a volunteer the only real qualification you need is the experience of bringing up children and to have a friendly and caring attitude, as well as understanding the pressure of bringing up a family.
We value people who don't judge others as you are being invited into families homes.
You will be supported during your training and throughout your contact with the families.
To find out more information please contact us on Perth 01738 638847 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.