Supporting Families

Supporting Families

F_a_14_mum_volunteer_laughing_and_baby_jpgYou could have exactly the skills needed to make a difference to a family living locally.
As a parent you’ll know just how tough it can sometimes be.
Did you often long to have someone to confide in or just have a chat with?

C%20DSC_0078_girl_with_sunflower_jpgHome-Start offers this kind of support
Our carefully trained volunteers, who all have experience of bringing up children, give emotional and practical help to any parent, with at least one child under eleven. By visiting a family in their own home and offering friendship, Home-Start volunteers represent a lifeline for many families who are finding it hard to cope.

Will I be the right sort of person to support a family?
Our volunteers are people from many different backgrounds and vary in age but all have parenting experience.  Volunteers are carefully selected for their friendliness, practical approach and understanding.  All volunteers undertake an enhanced DBS and will  attend a course of preparation before being carefully matched with families.

What would visiting a family involve?
This varies.  As an example:

  • You could spend time with a parent, helping to build their confidence as they adapt to life as parents.
  • Share an outing with a family that finds getting out of the house difficult.
  • Accompanying to appointments.

F_MG_0646_family_standing_with_volunteer_jpgWhat will I gain from being a Home-Start volunteer?

  • You will be helping a family to cope with the pressures they are facing and make a real difference to the lives of parents and their children.
  • You will receive support and training to prepare you for all aspects of your role with Home-Start.
  • You will develop new skills and have some wonderful experience to add to your CV.

Travel expenses will be paid within the borough of Merton.

I’m not a parent, can I still get involved?
Yes you can. We always need volunteers, parents or non-parents, who could support schemes by helping with fundraising activities or by joining our board of trustees and getting involved in the running of the scheme. For these roles you would not need to be a parent.