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Home-Visiting Volunteer

Home-Start Kirklees is a family support charity, offering volunteer 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 have at least one child under five and not in full time education. The families we help are struggling to cope because of a range of problems such as ill-health, disability, mental health problems; debt or housing problems; family breakdown; parents may have a learning disability, or be very young parents, with no supportive family. 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 (with at least one child under the age of 5 and not in full time education) in their own homes to help alleviate the challenges and pressures of family life, increasing the family’s capacity to cope and 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 almost two thousand families since then.


Opportunities Overview
  • Volunteer Role Title
    Home-Visiting Volunteer
  • About the Volunteer Role
    Home-visiting volunteers are trained and supported to home-visit weekly, families with small children, who need practical help, a listening ear with emotional support and in some cases help to access local community provision. Each volunteer is carefully matched to their family to ensure that we avoid long distances expected to travel, they are not known within their own local community and that the volunteer's preferences are considered to enable a rapport to be built with the parent in order to achieve a positive outcome. Volunteers receive regular supervision from their co-ordinator and a training programme is offered throughout the year.
  • Role
  • When you can volunteer
  • Suitable for under 18's
  • Type of role
    Befriending/Support/Care, Teaching/Mentoring
  • Special Requirements
    Application form required, References required, DBS (criminal record check that the organisation will organise), Parenting experience required
Opportunities Location

Anywhere in Kirklees

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