Volunteer

We recruit and train volunteers to help families with young children. Our volunteers, who have parenting experience, support other parents by visiting them in their own homes for a couple of hours each week.

We also run special family groups and hold social events for families.

Volunteers support parents in situations as diverse as isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or who are just finding parenting a struggle.

By providing non-judgemental practical and emotional support volunteers help build the family’s confidence and ability to cope.

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What kind of families would I be helping?

All kinds of families can find it hard to cope for all sorts of reasons, maybe because of illness or disability of a child, or because of post-natal illness, bereavement or loneliness.  At Home-Start we support any parent with young children who asks for our help and our supported families, like our volunteers, come from all walks of life.

As a volunteer what would I be doing?

Usually you visit a family 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 meal planning and cooking, reading to the children, going to the local park, or finding out about local services.

Do I need qualifications?

The only real qualification is experience of bringing up children.  Friendliness and a caring attitude are essential as well as an understanding of the pressures of parenting.

Do volunteers get any training?

Yes, we give high priority to recruitment, induction, training and support of all our volunteers.  You will be supported during your training and throughout your contact with families and you will undergo Home-Start’s accredited Preparation Course.

Can I help without visiting families?

Yes. The scheme also needs volunteers to help run family groups and social activities to help raise funds.

Can I simply help Home-Start raise funds?

Certainly. You can become a Friend of Home-Start Guernsey. Home-Start depends heavily on donations to fund our work with parents and children. Everyone needs help at some time in their life…so please, help us to make a difference to a child’s life today.

A quick guide to becoming a home visiting volunteer

You must be a parent or have parenting experience

As a home visiting volunteer you will support a family in their home for around 2-3 hours each week

You should be able to commit at least six months of your time to Home-Start

You should have a non-judgement attitude and understand 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 training and while you support a family, and help with childcare costs may also be available

You must understand that your support for families is completely confidential

You will have to undergo a DBS/PVG/Access Ni check at enhanced level

You will be supported by Home-Start Guernsey during the time you are visiting families

To become a Friend or to make a one off donation please call us on 01481 720382 or contact us.