Home-Start Central Lancashire currently have volunteers who support families within their own homes as part of our home-visiting service and volunteers who help within our family groups.
Whatever way you volunteer for us the rewards are many:
- Make a difference to families facing difficulties
- Be able to give something back and contribute to your local community
- Return the support Home-Start has provided to your family in the past
- Give you a feel good factor of doing something worthwhile
- Better health and wellbeing for you
- Increases self-confidence and independence for our service users and yourself
- Improved personal and skills development
- Gain experience of supporting families to help further career prospects
- Do something amazing with your spare time
Home-Start Central Lancashire are also partnered with Lancashire Spice Time Credits. This means that our volunteers in Chorley and South Ribble are able to earn time credits for the time they volunteer.
Training & Support…
All volunteers are thoroughly trained and supported before and during their time supporting families. You can expect:
- 40 hours of preparation training, run weekly
- An induction in to the Home-Start service
- Regular support and supervision sessions with a coordinator
- Paid expenses when you complete your training and are actively volunteering for the scheme
- Annual refresher training to keep you up to date with required safeguarding requirements
- Ongoing training to develop skills and knowledge when supporting families
What we ask for…
What we ask from you:
- To be a parent or have parenting experience
- To undergo a DBS check
- To attend a free Volunteer Preparation Course with other new volunteers
- To be able to provide up to 3 hours per week after the course to either help within a family group or support a family through the home visiting service
- To understand that support for families is confidential
- To have a non-judgemental attitude and understand about pressures on vulnerable families
Volunteers do not need any formal qualifications to become a volunteer, your knowledge from having parenting experience are the most valuable. Giving a family the opportunity to be supported by a volunteer with these life skills can make a difference to the lives of families we support.
Our Wonderful Volunteers…
“I have been volunteering for Home-start for 15 years and in that time I have met many families with different needs.”It is always exciting to meet a new family and I love getting to know them and building a friendship with them over time.
“Weekly visits with the family are something that I look forward to, I feel that I can contribute and help them through difficulties which gives me a feeling of satisfaction.
“It is always rewarding to see how a family grows in confidence enabling them to face new challenges.” – Olga
“Hi I’m Daniel I came to Home-Start to become a home visiting volunteer.”Prior to being linked with a family I was invited to undertake the 6 week preparation course. At first I was a little nervous, as this was a completely new challenge for me and very different to the type of work I had done previously. From the outset I was made to feel very welcome and was pleasantly surprised by how relaxed things were.
“I was part of a group of 6 volunteers all with different backgrounds and experiences yet with one common desire, to make a difference. The preparation course was outstanding, each week we focussed on different topics and subject areas, to be honest the 6 weeks flew by.
“The 3 coordinators were simply brilliant throughout and have given me a great understanding of what my new volunteering role will involve. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
“I know from my experience that being a parent and bringing up children is very rewarding but very demanding too. It’s the hardest job there is.”I decided to help families going through difficult times, by volunteering for Home Start.
“I’ve been visiting and working with families in their own homes for nearly five years and the experience has been enjoyable, interesting and rewarding. Seeing families and helping them get through hard times is the best thing for me. The best reward is to see them get back on their feet again more able to deal with problems.
“Sometimes, just getting them to see how they can enjoy life without spending lots of money is a real bonus. Volunteering isn’t just about helping with problems, it’s about positive things like enjoying time with families and having fun.” – Bernadette