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Home-Start Kirklees is a volunteer led family support charity, offering support and practical help to families in Kirklees with pre-school children under the age of 5.

We provide a unique service – recruiting and training volunteers to support parents with young children at home who are struggling to cope.

We offer practical help and emotional support to any family in Kirklees who has at least one child under five and not yet in full time education. The families we help are struggling to cope because of a range of concerns such as ill-health, disability, poor mental health; debt or housing issues; family breakdown; loneliness. In addition, families may also have experienced a multiple birth, be new to the area, or be socially isolated.

Our trained volunteers offer weekly support to young families to help alleviate the challenges and pressures of family life, increasing the family’s capacity to cope, help reduce isolation and build confidence and resilience.

We are part of a national network of Home-Start schemes around the UK. Each scheme is run locally and is responsible for raising their own funding. Home-Start Kirklees has been operating since 1999, and we have helped over two thousand families since then.


Opportunities Overview
  • Volunteer Role Title
    Telephone Befriender
  • About the Volunteer Role
    As a Homestart Telephone Befiriender, you are trained and supported to telephone or video call families with small children, who need practical help, someone to listen, with emotional support, and in some cases help to access local community provision. Telephone befrienders offer regular weekly contact to families experiencing parenting challenges. Volunteers offer a much needed listening ear and emotional support together with advice and guidance where needed. In this role you will work towards increasing a family’s confidence and building resilience through calling families on the telephone (whilst respecting and protecting their individual dignity and identity) offering support and a listening ear. You will be developing a relationship with a family in which time can be shared and an understanding developed Our volunteers will be reassuring families that difficulties in bringing up children are normal! In this role you will be emphasising the positive aspects of family life, encouraging parents’ strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their children and the whole family. You will also encourage families to widen their network of relationships and to use effectively the support and services available in their local community. This rewarding role will help families to feel more connected and less lonely or isolated.
  • Role
  • When you can volunteer
  • Suitable for under 18's
  • Type of role
    Befriending/Support/Care, Teaching/Mentoring, Children/ Young People / Families, COVID-19
  • Special Requirements
    Application form required, References required, DBS (criminal record check that the organisation will organise), Parenting experience required
Opportunities Location

Anywhere in Kirklees, Volunteer from Home

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