Family Support Volunteers

Home-Start Arun, Worthing & Adur

Register your Interest

Do you have parenting experience (as a mum, dad, grandparent, carer or nanny) or have you been a teacher/nurse? Can you empathise with families with young children  Are you looking for an ongoing volunteer role? Can you spare 2 hours a week?  If so, we'd love to hear from you. 

About Home-Start

Home-Start Arun, Worthing, and Adur work at the heart of the local community, helping families with children under five years with free, universal, emotional, practical, confidential support, via a network of volunteers and experts.

We aim to improve the life chances and home environment of children by offering early support to struggling parents. We are a trusted organisation for professionals to refer vulnerable families to.

Full training for all volunteers to include:

  • The role of a Home-Start volunteer
  • Values, attitudes and inclusivity
  • Confidentiality
  • Listening and communication
  • Meeting the needs of families and children
  • Safeguarding.


The only real 'qualification' you need to become a Home-Start volunteer is experience of bringing up children - as a mum, dad, grandparent, carer or nanny.

You will be friendly and understanding and have a practical approach to problems.

You don't judge people, you accept them for what they are and then strive to support them as they try to give their children the best possible start in life.

You will receive full training on one of our preparation courses, and have an enhanced DBS check, before being carefully matched with families where your own set of experiences and skills can help the most.


Our volunteers tell us that the best thing about volunteering for Home-Start is the satisfaction they get from helping a family support their children to thrive. 

Volunteers also really value the high quality training we offer - not only when they first join us but throughout their time as a Home-Start volunteer. 

We are a very friendly bunch! There are lots of opportunities to join in fun social and fundraising activities and make new friends. 

Practical Considerations

It is generally helpful to have access to a car or bike to get to families' homes. But don't worry if you don't have your own transport, we would still like to hear from you. 

When do I need to be available?

Details Volunteers visit or phone families during the day. There is no evening or weekend volunteering.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

5c Park Farm
Chichester Road
West Sussex
BN18 0AG

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
    Our family groups are held in Children and Family Centres which are accessible
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    All travel and phone expenses are reimbursed
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
    You are required to inform your car insurance company that you are volunteering
  • Other
    A successful enhanced DBS check is mandatory
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
    Regular support and supervision is mandatory
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training