Home-Start Cambridgeshire volunteers come from many different backgrounds and vary in age, but all are parents. They are carefully selected for their friendliness and understanding, are appropriately approved and all attend a training course before being matched with families. A full DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service Check) is undertaken and references are taken up.
What do volunteers do?
Home-Start Cambridgeshire volunteers visit one or more families a week for two hours and take their own individual skills and experience to the families they visit. They are neither paid nor are they professionals, but we do work in partnership with Health and Social Services teams.
Please note: Home-Start volunteers are not home helps, do not provide a babysitting service and cannot take children to school on a regular basis, although some kinds of practical help are often part of a visit.
How can I become a volunteer?
Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcomed. The only stipulation is that they have had parenting experience themselves. They need no specific qualifications, but they do need the ability to listen with understanding, to maintain confidentiality and bring with them commitment both to the scheme and to the families they visit. Parents who have been visited sometimes become volunteers themselves.
We also have many other opportunities to support the scheme. All our trustees are volunteers but bring experience and skills to the governance of the scheme. We have volunteers who help with our fundraising, raising our profile and administration tasks.
Volunteers are all valuable and contribute to the success of the scheme.
What support is available to our volunteers?
A vital element of a Home-Start scheme is the planned support offered to all volunteers. This is on a one-to-one basis between the volunteer and the co-ordinator and through group supervision. If you are interested in becoming a Home-Start volunteer, please contact us to find out more.