Home-Start Hillingdon – Family Support Volunteer

Details of the Charity: 

Home-Start Hillingdon (HSH) was established in 1999, to serve the borough of Hillingdon supporting families with young children through dedicated home-visiting volunteers. HSH trains volunteers to support families with at least one child under five and under stress. All family support volunteers have parenting experience so understand the challenges of parenting young children. Volunteers make a weekly visit home visit to a family to give befriending support and practical help.

HSH volunteers can offer:-

  • Precious time for listening and talking
  • Practical help & play with children
  • Reassurance that their challenges are not unique
  • A chance to meet other parents in the same boat
  • Support to use local services and resources
  • Support to reclaim fun in family life

Parents can find it hard to cope and ask for Home-Start help for many reasons, including:-

  • Isolation
  • Parent or child’s physical or mental illness
  • Children with additional needs eg. Autism
  • Emotional & physical demands of multiple birth or large family

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

Following Volunteer Preparation Course (40 hours over 10 daytime sessions), a weekly home visit of 2-3 hours to a matched family to offer a combination of practical and emotional support tailored to individual family’s needs, for example: listening ear; support to go out with children to access community facilities; play & stimulation for positive child development; modelling positive behaviour management… Volunteers work in the community but report to a staff Co-ordinator based in Home-Start Office.   Volunteers must attend 1 to 1 supervision meetings with their Co-ordinator every six weeks, at Home-Start office. HSH requests a year’s commitment following the Preparation Course

Skills required:

  • Parenting experience
  • Understanding of why parents can need support
  • Positive non-judgemental attitude
  • Sensitive & caring attitude
  • Understanding of confidentiality
  • Good communication & listening skills
  • Warm & open personality
  • Ability to keep basic records

Additional Benefits to the Volunteer:

  • Satisfaction from helping families
  • Training & occasional social opportunities
  • Experience of family work
  • Regular support & supervision

Interested? Apply below:

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