Could you spare 2-4 hours a week to support a local family and make a difference that could last a lifetime?
We are looking for people to join our network of trained volunteers. Home-Start volunteers support families with young children in Wandsworth dealing with a variety of difficulties including; post-natal depression, isolation, physical and mental health problems, bereavement or financial worries.
Volunteers work alongside families to give compassionate, non-judgemental, confidential support, tailored to each family. They help families regain their confidence and empower them to build connections with other support services and the wider community to reduce isolation.
During these challenging pandemic times, support may be offered flexibly by telephone/video call or face to face through home-visiting or outdoor visits.
As a Home-Start volunteer, you will be given all the training and support to be effective and make a real difference to families in your community. You will also develop transferable skills which can support you in your life, whether that’s at home or at work.
We serve a wide range of families and value diversity among our volunteers. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and with varied life experience.
Why volunteer for Home-Start?
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons:
- An opportunity to give something back to the community and make a difference
- For better health and well-being
- To improve self-esteem and confidence
- A chance to try something new
- Gain new skills, knowledge and experience
- Develop transferrable skills to take into the workplace
- An opportunity to socialise and make new friends
Volunteering during the pandemic
During an exceptionally difficult year, our volunteers have been lifelines to so many families and will remain instrumental in helping families adjust as we start to build back to a new normal. We are grateful to our volunteers for their support, understanding and flexibility over the last year. Please watch these short films to see how our volunteers have been supporting families during the pandemic.
Simply send us an enquiry using the enquiry form here.
Once we receive your enquiry, one of the team will be in touch to arrange an informal chat with you about your current skills and experience, and to talk you through the preparatory training we provide to our volunteers. The next training course will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 January – 10 February 2022,(two-days a week role over 5 weeks) and will involve some face to face sessions at our office in Battersea and online learning.