Home-Start Cheshire

Giving Children the Best Start in Life

Volunteering

A Home-Start Volunteer says…

“Good training gave me the confidence to go into a family’s home and help with the children, babies etc. Good up to date information, refresher courses on new developments and safeguarding – I felt this was very important for both myself and the families. The weekly CIRCLE group is great for young mums needing support with everyday life-skills. It helps to extend the service already provided by home-visiting volunteers..”

Mums say (about their experience) ….

“Home-Start are very gentle. There is no pressure. I felt very relaxed. The match was really good. My volunteer is lovely…. a really nice lady, kind, helpful and mindful.”

I can’t believe what a difference its making to me, I can’t tell you how much I’m getting done and my 4 children really look forward to her coming every Thursday, a really great match we get on so well and she’s lovely.”

Home-Visiting Volunteers

Home-visiting volunteers are the heart of Home-Start’s support network. Parents find the help of Home-Start volunteers invaluable and the help that volunteers give actively contributes to helping to improve the life chances of pre-school age children – something that benefits everyone. There is a lot of research now which suggests that help in early years can be key to future development.

Christine, a Home-Start Volunteer says…

“I have been a Home-Start volunteer for the past year and it has had such a positive impact on the family I visit weekly and also for me personally. It is incredible how much of a difference just a couple of hours chatting with Mum or playing with a toddler can make. It’s hugely rewarding and a great privilege.”

Volunteering in this way can be hugely rewarding and make a real difference.

Our family support volunteers come from many different backgrounds and vary in age but all are either parents themselves or have parenting experience. All volunteers attend a preparation course before being matched with a family and taking their own individual skills and experiences to the families they visit. Volunteers receive ongoing support and supervision from highly experienced members of staff at Home Start and are offered further training opportunties and social activities.

See our information leaflet on volunteering Volunteering at Home-Start Cheshire. Please also see our post for the latest volunteering course 

Please do contact us if you are interested in becoming a Family Support Volunteer with Home-Start Cheshire.

Management Committee Volunteers

You may also be interested in becoming a Trustee.  Trustees are volunteers from all walks of life, who help guide our organisation and contribute to its leadership. The main requirements of a trustee are a real interest in the family support work we undertake and a willingness to be involved and active in the running of the charity  If you are interested in getting more information on being a Trustee please see the link to a description of the Trustee role or contact us for an information leaflet. Our Trustees form part of the Management Committee.

Home-Start Cheshire’s Management Committee is made up of a number of Trustees and some members of staff.  The committee ensures correct governance and is responsible for the financial security of the organisation. It also oversees and monitors performance and direction so staff can manage the day to day operations and home visiting volunteers can get on with the job of supporting families

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Peter Connor – Treasurer

Having been involved with Home-Start for several years as a trustee I have seen the difference the support of a Home-Start Volunteer can make to a family. Volunteers benefit hugely too…it’s a win-win situation! 

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