Family Support Volunteers
Home-Start Arun, Worthing & Adur
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.
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
- Listening and communication
- Meeting the needs of families and children
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.
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?
|Volunteers visit or phone families during the day. There is no evening or weekend volunteering.
Where does this role take place?
- Civic Responsibility and Communities
- Employment, Education and Training
- Families and Parenting
- Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender
- Mental Health
- Womens Issues
- Supporting People and Befriending
Our family groups are held in Children and Family Centres which are accessible
Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
All travel and phone expenses are reimbursed
Health and Safety
Insurance Cover for Volunteers
You are required to inform your car insurance company that you are volunteering
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