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Home-Start North West Leicestershire

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Being a Home-Start Home Visiting Volunteer requires a high level of commitment and reliability. A Volunteer is always supported in their work by a Home-Start Co-Ordinator.

A Home-Start Volunteer is expected to:

> be a parent or have parenting experience.

> have a positive attitude to working with people of any gender, family status or sexual identity, or who are from any ethnic origin, culture or religion or who may have a disability.

> demonstrate a sensitive and caring attitude towards others.

> have a non judgemental attitude.

> be clear about confidentiality.

> be reliable and understand the importance of reliability to the family.

> have good communication skills including an ability to listen.

> have a warm and open personality and a sense of humour.

> have time and enthusiasm for Home-Start.

> be able to work as a member of a team.

> be prepared to keep records as requested by the scheme.

Volunteer Hours of Work:

> include an initial one day a week course of preparation, usually lasting 8-10 weeks.

> a minimum of three hours per week according to the families' needs.

> attend the support and supervision sessions offered by their co-ordinator.

> ideally offer a commitment of at least 18 months volunteering after completion of the induction course.

A Volunteer's role is to:

> offer support, friendship and practical help.

> visit families in their own homes, where the dignity and identity of each individual can be respected and protected.

> reassure families that difficulties in bringing up children are not unusual.

> emphasise the positive aspects of family life.

> develop a relationship with the family in which time can be shared and an understanding developed.

> encourage parents' strengths and emotional well being for the ultimate benefit of the children.

> encourage families to widen their network of relationships and to use effectively the support and services available in the community

Home-Start offers Volunteers:

> good training and support.

> reimbursement of expenses.

> enhanced career prospects.

> opportunities for self-development.

> the opportunity to help those in need.

How to become a Volunteer:

Just contact us by your preferred method on the Home/Contact Us page and we can discuss the possibilities with you.