Being a Volunteer

What I would be doing?

Our volunteers visit one or more families a week and provide non-judgemental support. You will use your skills and experience as a parent to help the families you visit.

What will visiting a family be like?

You may be spending time with a young parent, helping to build their confidence as they adapt to life with a small baby, perhaps a family who finds getting out of the house difficult will need your support. You may be an extra pair of hands to help a family with several children or you could give a listening ear to a mother who is suffering from post natal illness. A Home-Start volunteer offers support and friendship to parents and families in a way that meets their needs.

Who can become a volunteer?

Home-Start Rossendale accepts applications from volunteers of all ages and backgrounds providing they have had parenting experience themselves and live in the Rossendale Valley. You need to be able to listen with understanding, to understand the need for and maintain confidentiality and give a commitment of between two and four hours a week.

What will I get from being a Home-Start volunteer?

Trustees

Trustees are men and women who help guide Home-Start Rossendale and contribute to the leadership and direction, so staff can manage the day-to-day operations and home-visiting volunteers can get on with the job of supporting families.

Our trustees come from all walks of life, bringing their experiences and individual skills to the scheme. The kind of skills that are in demand are business or personnel management, finance and fundraising, IT and communications. But you don't need special qualifications to be a trustee - common sense, flexibility, time an ability to work as part of a team, a willingness to learn, understanding of the pressures facing parents today and a genuine interest in supporting parents in the community are just as important to us.

What should I do next?

Contact us for more information or an informal chat about being a volunteer or trustee. There is no commitment at this stage.