Home-Start is a local charity and voluntary organisation based in Watford for the last twenty years. We are part of a national charity and across the country; there are over 300 local Home-Starts.
Here at Home-Start we are committed to promoting the welfare of children under the age of five and their siblings. Trained volunteers visit families weekly for two to three hours in their homes. They offer support, friendship and guidance when families need it the most. These weekly visits make a huge difference to a family who maybe isolated, coping with family breakdown or struggling with their own health needs. Families describe ways in which Home-Start support has changed their lives one family recently said
‘Since having Home-Start it has changed my life! I was on my own before my volunteer started to visit me weekly. I looked forward to the weekly visits the support has helped to motivate me to change things and enrol at college to study maths and English. This in turn will help me help my children. My volunteer has helped me realise the importance of helping my children with schoolwork. I really respect my volunteer as she has made me believe in myself and what I can achieve. I have also started to have driving lessons and I would love to volunteer for Home-Start in the future’.
We are always looking for new volunteers to carry out this amazing work and the only requirement needed to be a Home-Start family volunteer is that you are a parent yourself. Being a parent gives you the best experience and understanding in how difficult family life can sometimes be. The preparation course takes place once a week for eight weeks. The informal and welcoming course gives you all the skills you need to support a family in their own home. It also provides a great opportunity to ease you back in to a learning environment with fellow parents. At the end of the course volunteers, tell us how they have grown in confidence and enjoy the sense of achievement the course gives them. We ask that if you complete the course that you volunteer for Home-Start for at least a year. However, if you are looking for a pathway into Social Work or a career in family support this is an excellent opportunity. If you are interested in volunteering for Home-Start please give us a call on 01923 248010.
To find out more please visit the website: http://www.home-start.org.uk/
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