Rewarding Volunteering with Home-Start

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Volunteering can be an extremely rewarding role when you make a real difference to someone’s life. Home-Start in Suffolk is a local charity supporting families in Suffolk. We are recruiting individuals from across Suffolk to join our team of volunteers supporting our “Home Visiting Service” project.

Our volunteers are trained to support families for whom the pressures of family life has become too much to cope with alone. This can be for various reasons: isolation, illness, bereavement, or post natal illness. Volunteers visit a family in their own home once a week for 2-3 hours. How they help is really down to the family itself. Some need someone to talk to, others need more practical support with meal planning and cooking, reading to the children, going to the local park, or finding out about local services.

Volunteers don’t need qualifications; friendliness and a caring attitude are essential as well as an understanding of the pressures of parenting. We value people who don’t judge others; people who will respect the fact they have been invited into a family’s home. All volunteers undertake a minimum of 30 hrs preparation training before they are matched to a family who would benefit from their skills and experience. We shall require a DBS check and references.

Volunteers can get a lot out of volunteering with Home-Start – a boost to self-esteem and confidence – even a foot on the job ladder as we offer OCN accredited Levels 1,2,3 level training. We also hold social events and opportunities for our volunteers to get together.

If you are interested in Volunteering with Home-Start please contact Stephen Stokes at stephen@homestartinsuffolk.org or call on 07703 293330 to have a chat.