Could you help a family in need?

Our next Volunteer Training Course starts soon and we need you!

We are seeking applications for Family Support Volunteers to join our team in this vital and rewarding role. Family Support Volunteers are the lifeblood of our service and make a real difference to the lives of local families who are struggling. With the aftereffects of the pandemic and the rising costs of living, bringing up a family is particularly difficult for many at the moment, and the demand for our service is increasing week-on-week. We need to recruit more Family Support Volunteers to ensure we can continue to offer our tailored, non-judgemental, caring support to families in need during this difficult time.

Family Support Volunteers offer 1-2-1 support to a family who are going through a difficult period for a number of reasons, which could include:

  • poor mental or physical health

  • relationship breakdown

  • loneliness

  • postnatal depression

  • bereavement

  • twins/triplets

Having this individual support helps families overcome their struggles and builds their resilience for the future.

We are looking for people who are parents themselves so have an understanding of the difficulties of raising a family, are non-judgemental and respectful, committed to supporting a family for a minimum of 6 months and are available to attend our Volunteer Training Course.


“Volunteering with Home Start SW has given me a sense of purpose and fulfilment, knowing that I am positively impacting on someone else’s life and in particular the lives of the young children in the family…I would encourage anyone thinking about volunteering to go for it!” HSSW Volunteer
 

Our next Volunteer Training Course will run on the following dates at St Peter’s Church Centre, Wellesbourne:


Thursday 28th April 9.30-2.30

Thursday 5th May 9.30-2.30

Tuesday 10th May 9.30-2.30

Tuesday 17th May 9.30-2.30


The course will ensure volunteers are fully trained to offer 1-2-1 support and covers topics such as safeguarding and confidentiality, listening skills, the importance of play, boundaries and more. Volunteers are then able to offer emotional, practical and parenting support to make a real difference to their Home Start family.


If you would like to apply to become a Family Support Volunteer and make a real difference to local families, please fill in the application form found on the page below and return it to Marie Ashford at marie@homestartsouthwarwickshire.org.uk.

 

If you would like to volunteer with us, but are unable to commit to supporting a family, we have a number of other opportunities available which are vital in ensuring our support can continue.




To find out more about any of our volunteer opportunities, please contact Marie Ashford (Mon-Weds) on 07906 143 611 or Emma Gurdag (Weds-Fri) on 07907 616 922. Or get in touch via our website