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School Readiness Volunteer

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
    School Readiness Volunteer
  • About the Volunteer Role
    The school readiness volunteers offer regular bi weekly contact by telephone or video link to families needing support and guidance on how to build confidence in their children to help prepare them for starting school or nursery. Home-Start Volunteers work towards increasing a family’s awareness of school readiness. In this role you will be calling families on the telephone or by video link, (whilst respecting and protecting their individual dignity and identity) offering support and help. You will develop a relationship with a family in which time can be shared and an understanding developed, demonstrating and role modelling the importance and relevance of school readiness activities with children in the home. You will be utilising the school readiness resource bag; the contents of the bags are carefully selected in order to promote the school readiness outcomes: (establishing routines, availability of stimulating materials in the home, parents engaging with their child’s development, play and share with others, use the toilet, understand simple hygiene, dress and put on shoes, eat and drink unaided, recognise own name, communication and language.) You will be reassuring families that difficulties in bringing up children are normal! Emphasising the positive aspects of family life and having fun. The role also involves encouraging families to widen their network of relationships and to use effectively the support and services available in their local community. You will identify when to highlight and hand over a family for further support from within the Home-Start team if needed.
  • 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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