Family Supporters - Godalming
TO VOLUNTEER FOR THIS ROLE, YOU MUST HAVE PARENTING EXPERIENCE.
Home-Start is a voluntary organisation in which volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to families under stress in their own homes, helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown. Home-Start is available for any family with at least one child under 5 years of age throughout Waverley.
Volunteers are needed to offer regular support, friendship and practical help to families under stress in their own homes. Full training will be given with support on hand.
Volunteers must be, or have been, parents themselves and understand the stresses and strains involved in bringing up a young family. They are non-judgemental, understanding, caring and reliable and make a commitment to visiting a family in their own home regularly.
Home-Start offices are in the Library Building in Farnham.
Age/Gender Restrictions: Must have parenting experience
Equal Opportunities Policy: Yes
Expenses: Travel expenses
Induction: Yes - Full training course
Insurance Cover: Yes
Interview, DBS Check and references
What we do
Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of our support include improved health and well being and better family relationships.
We provide one-to-one support for parents
Our volunteers visit the family’s home for a couple of hours every week. They tailor-make their support to the needs of the parents and children. Volunteers are very committed and will keep visiting until the youngest child turns five or starts school, or until the parents feel they can stand on their own two feet. Parents and volunteers often develop a deeply trusting relationship which can lead to powerful change within the family.
We also run social events for families.
- We offer families choice
- We work in partnership - with each other, with families and with other agencies,
- We work in a spirit of openness, encouragement and enjoyment
- We are flexible and responsive to the needs of families.
Why it matters
The five years between birth and school are vital for a child’s development. What goes on inside a family during these years strongly determines the opportunities and life chances children have. Children who are raised in a stable, loving, family environment are more likely to have a positive and healthy future. But being a parent isn’t easy and sometimes life can get in the way. Circumstances throw you off course and everything else can take a back seat. A young child caught up in this can miss out on the love, routine and stimulation that are so vital for their future. Home-Start works because our volunteers are parents. They understand how hard it can be. They work alongside parents, in their own homes, to help them cope with the stresses and strains of life and make sure they have the skills, time and strength they need to nurture their children.
Home-Start wants to see a society in which every parent has the support they need to give their children the best possible start in life.
Home-Start in Waverley is a voluntary organisation that helps families with at least one child under 5 years who are finding life difficult. We believe that a little help early on, is more valuable than a lot of help later, when things are going seriously wrong.
By helping early on with a word of advice or help to find independence, young children will have a better start in life, and have a better chance to turn out as productive and responsible citizens. We know that parenting is not easy.
Home-Start is a non-judgemental organisation, and helps any parent who is struggling, for any reason. Some of those reasons may include; multiple births, an abusive partner, isolation, mental or physical handicap, or the pressure that loss of employment brings to a family.