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.

  • Ongoing training to develop skills and knowledge when supporting families

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.


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