Are you a parent?
Then YOU could help us make a difference for York families facing some of these issues
- Loneliness and isolation
- Coping with twins, triplets or several pre-school children
- Ill health, disability or special needs
- Lone parenting
- First-time parenthood or new baby
- Postnatal illness
Become a Home-Start volunteer
As a parent you’ll know just how tough it can sometimes be. All parents go through difficult times and we all need a hand and someone to listen.
We recruit volunteers throughout the year and hold one training course a year. Training is held for one day a week for 9 weeks during school hours.
Could you help a family make the most of their children’s early years, have fun together and build their confidence as parents?
Our carefully trained volunteers, who all have parenting experience, give emotional and practical help to parents with at least one child under five. By visiting a family in their own home and offering friendly support, 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?
Home-Start volunteers are all ages and from all walks of life. They have experience of bringing up children and can spare a few hours a week to visit a family. They are supportive, caring and empathic and have a non judgmental approach to the families with whom they are placed.
What would visiting a family involve?
This varies. You could spend time with a young parent, helping to build their confidence as they adapt to family life with a small baby or share an outing with a family who finds getting out of the house difficult. The visits might involve providing a listening ear to a mother who has post-natal depression or offering an extra pair of hands to a family with several children.
What will I gain from being a Home-Start volunteer?
You will be helping a family with children under 5 years of age to cope with the pressures they are facing and make a real difference to the lives of parents and their children
- You will receive training to prepare you for all aspects of your role with Home-Start York and ongoing support and supervision
- You will receive out-of-pocket expenses
- New skills, experience and knowledge
- Improved knowledge of local services and local issues
- Raised awareness of the needs of families and communities
- A sense of personal achievement and satisfaction
- Improved confidence and self-esteem
- An opportunity to meet like-minded people
- Access to further training from local professionals