Home-Start Winchester & Districts
There for parents when they need us most, because childhood can't wait
Home-Start Winchester & Districts would not be able to undertake the support we offer, without the unstinting efforts of our volunteers. They provide a listening ear, general help with childcare issues and practical assistance where necessary – accompanying families to appointments, offering stimulating play ideas, taking parents and children out to parks, playgrounds, and other sports, play and recreational activities.
A typical volunteer will display most of the following characteristics:
- Have a positive attitude to working with people of any gender, family status or sexual identity, or who are from any ethnic origin, culture or religion, or who may have a disability.
- Have parenting experience.
- Demonstrate a sensitive caring attitude towards others.
- Have a non-judgemental attitude.
- Be clear about confidentiality and when a confidence remains so, but be able to decide when disclosure of a confidence is essential to the well-being of a child.
- Be reliable and understand the importance of reliability to the family.
- Have good communication skills including an ability to listen.
- Have a warm and open personality and a sense of humour.
- Have time and enthusiasm for Home-Start.
- Be able to work as a member of a team.
- Be prepared to keep records as requested by the scheme.
A volunteer is expected to work towards the increased confidence and independence of the family by:
- Offering support, friendship and practical help.
- Visiting the families in their own homes, where the dignity and identity of each individual can be respected and protected.
- Reassuring families that difficulties in bringing up children are not unusual.
- Emphasising the positive aspects of family life.
- Developing a relationship with the family in which time can be shared and an understanding developed.
- Encouraging parents’ strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their own children.
- Encouraging families to widen their network of relationships and to use effectively the support and services available in the community.
This is exciting and rewarding voluntary work which requires energy, commitment, reliability, creativity and a sense of humour. All volunteers can expect the support of the Coordinator, other volunteers and the Board of Trustees, and through the Coordinator, other professionals involved with the family. Three members of our current Board of Trustees are also volunteers. There are also opportunities for self development and social contact with others in Home-Start.
Would you like to apply?
If you have two hours a week to spare and would like to devote this to helping a vulnerable family through a difficult period in their lives, please contact our Senior Coordinator, Liz Stannard on 01962 851177 or send us an email through our contact us page