Volunteer for Home-Start Norfolk
By volunteering just a few hours each week you can transform the lives of young children and their parents in your community.
Be a Home-Start Norfolk volunteer
As a parent or someone with caring experience, you’ll have the understanding to support those families who need some extra help…your help.
We all know that those early years before children go off to school are vital in a child’s life. At Home-Start we believe parents have the key role in creating a secure childhood for their children.
We are looking for caring and committed people who could spare 2 to 3 hours a week to support a family in need. Our volunteers need to be friendly, approachable, trustworthy, and good listeners.
We have a number of volunteer opportunities and many ways in which you can get involved.
Home-visiting Family Support Volunteers
Thorough training is provided to support you in your role and regular supervision is given to ensure that you feel confident in your role. We ask that you offer around 2 hours of valuable time per week to a family in need of support. You will work alongside parents to help them cope with the stresses and strains of life and support them to have the skills, confidence and strength they need to help their children have the best possible start in life.
Without volunteers helping us to raise much needed, vital funds, we would not be able to continue with our work. Our fundraising volunteers are committed to helping us raise our profile, run events and collect donations, all of which fund our family work. Through your support we are able to continue helping children and changing lives.
The Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering also benefits you as you will:
- make a difference to parents and children facing difficulties
- give something back to your local community
- perhaps return the support you once received from Home-Start
- share a similar experience
You may also benefit yourself, through:
- improved personal and skills development
- create a new friendship group
- more self-confidence
- preparing to return to work or to progress your career
What it takes to be a Home-Start Volunteer
- You must be a parent or have caring experience
- You should have an understanding about the pressures of bringing up a family
- You are required to attend our volunteer preparation course including specialist safeguard training
What you can expect from us
- A safe, respectful, fair and non discriminatory volunteering environment
- An enhanced disclosure and barring service check paid in full by Home-Start Norfolk
- You will be able to claim travel expenses during the training and while you support a family
- You will be fully supported by our co-ordinators while you are visiting families
- You will be invited to attend additional training and social events throughout the year
Do you have what it takes to be a Home-Start volunteer? Are keen to help parents and children in your community? Please download an application form to start your journey transforming lives in your area. If you would like to have a chat with someone before making an enquiry, please call 01603977040
Training to be a Home-Start Norfolk volunteer
We want to ensure that our volunteers feel fully prepared for the role ahead of them which is why we never send anyone out until they have completed our volunteer preparation course.
During the course you will develop the knowledge and skills you will need to effectively provide one to one support for children and families.
The training sessions will prepare you for the home visiting role, covering topics such as child development, safeguarding vulnerable children, difficulties and issues experienced by families, boundaries and values, supervision and support, and will provide you with practical skills for working alongside parents and their children.
Once you are trained and matched with a family, you will receive regular supervision with a member of our team and ongoing training opportunities to enable you to develop your skills further.
Please give us a call or complete the volunteer enquiry form to find out more about the role.
Volunteer case studies
Early years teacher Sarah started her volunteer journey with us in June 2021. Sarah tells us why she chose to volunteer for Home-Start Norfolk and...
Dave has been volunteering for Home-Start Norfolk since 2021 and to date has worked alongside 3 families. “Nine years ago, I was working a fill-in...
Sarah volunteered for Home-Start Norfolk for over nine years. As she moves out of the county to be closer to her own family Sarah reflects on her...
Alison had previously worked in health care and retail prior to having her three children. She was unemployed and receiving income support when she...
Other ways to volunteer for Home-Start
Share you skills to help our work
If being a Family Support Volunteer isn’t for you, you may be able to help us in others ways. Many have volunteered their time and skills for:
- digital promotion
- being a local volunteer for key events
You may also be able to help in ways we haven’t thought about yet.
So if you want to get involved, get in touch and let us know what you have in mind.
Join us as a Trustee to help shape the future of our work with families
Our Trustees provide strategic support and direction for Home-Start Norfolk. They bring a wide range of skills to the organisation and help us to grow and develop.
Our Trustees provide essential leadership, guidance and governance from their own professional or lived experiences. They also play an important role as ambassadors for our work and can offer particular skills to the organisation (like human resources, information management or finance, for example). We welcome interest from those who can be passionate about our work with parents, children, families and the community.
Importantly, the Board of Trustees should reflect the communities in which we work. We already benefit from a variety of skills, experiences and backgrounds and now need to add to that dynamic and creative team.
The minimum commitment as a Trustee is a few hours each month, to attend meetings or to engage in Board discussions via email and online forums. Further opportunities to get involved are possible too, so we can be flexible to suit individual motivations to volunteer.
If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunity to join us, please contact us to arrange an informal chat.