Home Visiting Volunteers needed for prep course starting in January!

 

Do you have parenting experience and some spare time?  Would you like to help a local family with young children?

Home-Start is currently recruiting for Home Visiting Volunteers   

 

The aim of the training course is to prepare new volunteers for their role of working with families on a face-to-face basis and to explore how they can bring about better outcomes for children. Home-Start hopes to offer the sessions in person as restrictions allow and a venue will be confirmed in due course, but if necessary they will revert to online delivery.

The course will be as follows with sessions running 9.30-2.30. It is anticipated that volunteers will attend all sessions.

Session 1:   Tuesday 25th Jan 2022

Session 2:   01st February

Session 3:   08th February

Session 4:   15th February

Session 5:   01st March

Session 6:   08th March

 

What do Home-Start volunteers do?

Home-Start volunteers aim to build the confidence and independence of a family by:

  • Offering support, friendship and practical help.
  • Committing to weekly support – via home visiting, walk and talk, telephone or video link with a family as restrictions allow.
  • Protecting and respecting the dignity and identity of each individual.
  • Reassuring families that difficulties in bringing up children are not unusual.
  • Emphasizing the positive aspects of family life.
  • Developing a relationship with the family in which time can be shared and an understanding developed, providing a regular, reliable presence in that family.
  • Encouraging families to widen their network of relationships and to effectively use the support and services available in the community.
  • Drawing on their own experience of parenting to encourage parents’ strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their children.

 

What is the time commitment?

In addition to weekly family contact (approx. 1.5-2 hours per week)

  • Attending the initial course of preparation
  • Attending supervision sessions with the Coordinator, according to Home-Start guidance, every 8 weeks
  • Attending ongoing training sessions
  • A commitment of 1 year to the charity (minimum)

 

To apply, please send a completed Application form-Volunteer as soon as possible and they will contact you to arrange an interview.

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