Home-Start runs more services and has more volunteers supporting more families than any other family support charity in the UK..

Volunteers Strengths:

Our family support volunteers understand the pressures of family life and the struggles and joy of raising a family.  The come from different backgrounds and vary in age and wish to give something back to their local community.

They provide non-judgemental, practical and emotional support and help build the family’s confidence and ability to cope.

Our volunteers make a long-lasting difference to families who welcome a helping hand when needed.  Benefiting children long term and reducing problems escalating in the future that ensures they have a happy and secure family life.

Some volunteers support families in the family’s home, within our family groups, phone, text or video support, fundraising, admin support and co-facilitating support groups. 

What support do I get?

Training, friendship, training, socials, resources and much more.  A member of staff will guide and support you from the beginning and we will take into account your skills, interests and ambitions.

We understand that volunteers volunteer for many reasons – to make a difference to their local community or are looking for opportunities to plan for their future.

  • We provided the opportunity for and provided experience for 15 volunteers and 3 families to gain a “Children and Young People Workforce “Level 3 qualification.
  • 22 volunteers to gain level 2 qualification in understanding Autism with 3 of them going on to take further qualifications.
  • 19 volunteers completed functional skills English, Maths and Computer skills. 
  • Supported 16 volunteers gain experience facilitating in our support groups.
  • Opportunity for 25 volunteers gain admin experience.
  • Have supported 45 volunteers to gain their Social Work Degree.
  • Have supported 3 volunteers gain their Midwifery Degree.
  • Have supported 21 volunteers into further education opportunities.
  • Have supported 63 volunteers gain employment.
  • Supported 5 volunteers to foster children.
  • 11 Home-Start volunteers have secured other volunteering opportunities.
  • 46 families that we have supported in the past have gone on to volunteer and support other families within Home-Start.

Because Childhood Can't Wait

A quick guide to becoming a volunteer

  • Contact the office on 01527 62819, or email

    info@home-startneworcestershire.org.uk a member of staff will contact you for a chat and explore what opportunities we can offer you.

  • You will have to undergo a criminal record check at enhanced level, fill out an application form providing 2 referees for us to contact.
  • You should be able to commit at least 1 year of your time to Home-Start.
  • You should have a non-judgemental attitude and understand about the pressures of bringing up a family.
  • You will have to attend our free Volunteer Preparation Course with other new volunteers before meeting your first family.
  • Expenses are paid when you support a family.
  • You must understand that your support to families is completely confidential.
  • Fill in a diary sheet after each home-visit.
  • You will be supported by Home-Start NEW during the time you are visiting families.

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