Home Visiting Family Support Volunteer - Stroud  with Home-Start Stroud District. (Ref: 1204)
Opportunity picture
Home-Start volunteers aim to build the confidence and independence of the family by:

•Offering support, friendship and practical help
•Committing to a minimum of 2-3 hours per week home-visiting according to the family’s needs
•Visiting the families in their own homes, where the dignity and identity of each individual can be respected and protected
•Reassuring families that difficulties in bringing up children are not unusual
•Emphasising the positive aspects of family life
•Developing a relationship with the family in which time can be shared and an understanding developed, providing a regular, reliable presence in that family
•Drawing on their own experience of parenting to encourage parents’ strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their own children
•Encouraging families to widen their network of relationships and to use effectively the support and services available in the community.
What are they looking for?

A Home-Start volunteer should:

• Be a parent or have parenting experience
• Be prepared to undertake the Home-Start preparation training course
• Understand why families may need support from Home-Start
• Have a knowledge of child development or willingness to undertake training
• Have a positive, non-judgmental attitude to working with people of any gender, family status or sexual identity, or who are from any ethnic origin, culture or religion, or who may have a disability
• Demonstrate a sensitive and caring attitude towards others
• Have a clear understanding of the confidential nature of the Home-Start service, and not to break confidences shared by the family, other than when disclosure is essential in order to protect the well-being or safety of a child
• Have time and enthusiasm for Home-Start, be reliable and understand the importance of reliability to the family
• Have good communication skills including an ability to listen
• Have a warm and open personality and a sense of humour
• Be able to work as a member of a team
• Be prepared to keep records as required by the scheme
• Be prepared to attend group support meetings and ongoing or refresher training required by the scheme
• Be prepared to attend supervision with the Coordinator every six weeks.


Working hours are Monday to Friday in the morning and afternoon. Volunteer expenses will be reimbursed.

When: Mornings/Afternoons, Mon-Fri
Age requirements: Over 18

Stroud District

About Home-Start Stroud District.
Home-Start is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under five years of age. Volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to families under stress in their own homes helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown.

See all roles with Home-Start Stroud District.