Home-Start Winchester and Districts
The leading family support charity
Who we are and what we do
Each volunteer undertakes a forty hour training course to prepare them for their new role. The aims of the course are as follows:
- To enable volunteers to develop an understanding of and a commitment to the Home-Start philosophy.
- To enable volunteers to explore their own values and attitudes, making them better able to understand and support families.
- To help volunteers to develop their self awareness and skills so that they feel confident in their role in supporting families.
- To achieve a secure working relationship between volunteers and the Coordinator.
- To provide volunteers with relevant information including a knowledge of Home-Start procedures.
- To enable the Coordinator to get to know the volunteers well enough to assess their strengths and limitations, with a view to matching them with an appropriate family.
The main topics covered by the course are:
- What is Home-Start?
- What is a volunteer?
- How can YOU help?
- Listening and communicating.
- Values and attitudes.
- Child development and play
- Health Visitor visit
- Special Educational Needs
- Helping children with Special Needs
- Equal Opportunities
- Loss, change and endings
- Experiences of current volunteers
- Mental Health
- Signposting Home-Start families to other services
- How Home-Start helps
- Personal Safety
- Recognising children at risk of harm
- Domestic Violence and Women’s Refuge
- The Children’s Act and Every Child Matters
Volunteers are also expected to attend the in-service training days which are held each year. Recent subjects have included Safeguarding, First Aid and Mental Health.