Our volunteer roles

We have a number of different roles at Home-Start South Warwickshire. Please get in touch should you have any questions, we would love to hear from you 

As a Home-Start volunteer, you will be given training and support to be effective and make a real difference to families in your community.  You will also develop transferable skills which can support you in your life, whether that’s at home or at work.

Family Support Volunteer

With your knowledge and experience as a mum, dad, grandparent or carer, you could be the vital support a family needs and make a big difference to their lives.

Some of our families may be dealing with a variety of difficulties including; post-natal depression, isolation, physical and mental health problems, bereavement, financial worries or relationship difficulties.

Your role will be to support them in the way that they want; this may include practical tasks such as getting out of the house, getting to appointments or helping to get organised. It could also involve offering advice and sharing experiences; or supporting parents through emotional issues.

 

Requirements for the role of Family Support Volunteer

  • Experience as a parent, grandparent or carer

  • Time to visit a family in their home for 2-3 hours a week

  • Commitment to providing support for at least 12 months

  • A non-judgemental attitude and understanding of the pressures of raising a family

  • Willing and available to attend our free Volunteer Preparation Course with other new volunteers before meeting your first family

  • Adherence to guidance relating to Safeguarding and Confidentiality

  • Completion of an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and submission of 2 references.

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Group Volunteer 

Home Start South Warwickshire are planning a number of family support groups over the coming year. These will enable families to come together, reducing isolation and improving mental health. 

 

Volunteers will play a key role in ensuring the smooth running of our groups, helping with setting up and clearing away and offering refreshments, as well as providing emotional support to parents and playing with children. 

Volunteer Requirements

  • Experience as a parent, grandparent or carer

  • Time to help at the group for 3-4 hours a month

  • A non-judgmental attitude and an understanding of the pressures of raising a family

  • Someone who enjoys interacting with children

  • Willingness and availability to attend our training course with other new volunteers

  • Adherence to guidance relating to Safeguarding and Confidentiality

  • Completion of a DBS check and submission of 2 references

 

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Volunteer Drivers

Our Volunteer Drivers help families without transport or in rural locations get to appointments and support groups. They are available on an ad-hoc basis, transporting families as and when needed.

 

Notice is given to drivers and arranged in advance in the majority of cases. In some circumstances unplanned trips may be required, but volunteers are under no obligation to agree to these trips.

 

Help is given to drivers to make sure they are fully compliant with their insurance and car seats are provided. Fuel costs are reimbursed.

What do I need to become a Volunteer Driver?

 

  • A good-sized car (min 4-seater) with full insurance

  • Willingness to be added to a bank of drivers, and contacted as and when the need arises

  • A non-judgemental attitude

  • Respectful and friendly in nature

  • Willingness to attend our short induction course for all drivers

  • Adherence to guidance relating to Safeguarding and Confidentiality

  • Completion of a DBS check and submission of 2 references

Fundraising Volunteers

Home Start South Warwickshire relies on the generosity of funders and fundraisers. Volunteer Fundraisers help us run events and promote Home Start South Warwickshire to the local communities we serve.

 

Volunteer Fundraisers could help us run our annual Family Fun Day in September or coordinate fundraising events and activities in their local community, with support from our Fundraising Manager.

What do I need to become a Fundraising Volunteer

 

  • Experience in running and organising events

  • 3-4 hours a month to commit to organising and running/helping out at events

  • A passion for our charity and the people we support

  • A friendly and outgoing personality to promote the charity and encourage involvement from the local community

  • Adherence to guidance relating to Safeguarding and Confidentiality

  • Completion of a DBS check

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Home-Start South Warwickshire Trustees

As an independent charity, local Home-Start South Warwickshire requires trustees to serve on their governing body (board), taking responsibility for directing the management and administration of the organisation. It is a fantastic opportunity to support your local community whilst also developing your skillset in the workplace.

 

Trustees spend approx 5-10 hours a month on charity business, meeting 4 times a year for management meetings and carrying out necessary tasks to help ensure continued development of the organisation.

Trustees bring a variety of skills and experience from their working and personal lives that they can put into practice. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focussing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

We are looking for skilled, passionate, strategic minded individuals with a variety of skills to join and strengthen our existing board.

 

We are particularly keen to hear from people with experience in:

  • Marketing and PR

  • Business Management

  • Social Care Management

  • IT Development

  • Legal Administration

  • Human Resources

  • Risk Analysis

  • Quality Assurance

In order to be a trustee volunteer, you will be required to

  • Commit to quarterly board meetings and spend between 5-10 hours on charity business each month

  • Attend a pre-selection interview with the Chair and Charity Operations Manager

  • Adhere to guidance relating to Safeguarding and Confidentiality

  • Complete a DBS check and submit 2 references

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