Home-Start Kirklees is a volunteer led 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 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 problems; 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.
Volunteer Role TitleTrustee with considerable safeguarding experience
About the Volunteer Role
We are looking for a Trustee to join our board to take a lead role in safeguarding. Ideally someone who is qualified in social work practice or has substantial knowledge or experience in safeguarding . The role involves attending a board meeting once every 6 weeks plus some preparation time to read documents before the meetings and becoming a member of one or more of the sub-committees that meet a minimum of four times a year. We would estimate that it should take around 8-12 hours of time per month to fulfil the role. Being a Trustee has legal and financial responsibilities, however these are shared with the whole board. Support will be offered from other the Trustees and the Director in terms of an induction to the role.
When you can volunteerFlexible
Suitable for under 18'sNo
Type of roleFinance/Trustee/ Governance
Special RequirementsApplication form required, References required, DBS (criminal record check that the organisation will organise)