Would you like to Volunteer for Home-Start Deveron?
Home-Start Deveron is part of a national network that offers friendly, informal support to families with at least one child under the age of five years.
The daily stresses of bringing up a family can often become overwhelming and as a result parents find themselves unable to cope. Home-Start Deveron can help to alleviate some of the challenges that families face, through regular support from volunteers, who themselves have parenting experience.
As a Volunteer what would I do?
Volunteers visit families, in their own homes, for two to three hours per week. How you help is really down to the family itself, some might need someone to talk to, others might need more practical support with meal planning, cooking, reading to their children or finding out about local services. Volunteers can also help to run groups such as Stay and Play sessions and cookery classes for parents.
Can my support and friendship really make a difference?
The early years before children go off to school are vital and at Home-Start Deveron we believe parents have the key role in creating a secure childhood for their children. It's just that sometimes they need a bit of your help.
This offer of regular, flexible support can go a long way to helping families to get back on their feet. Parents grow in confidence, strengthen bonds with their children and regain a sense of the value of themselves as parents.
Do I need qualifications to be a Volunteer?
The only real 'qualification' is experience of bringing up children. Friendliness and a caring attitude are essential as well as an understanding of the pressures of parenting. We value people who don't judge others; people who respect that they have been invited into a family's home. We would ask you can give 2-3 hours per week to support a family or help to run one of our group sessions. Home-Start Deveron will provide an initial training course and ongoing support throughout.
What will I get out of it?
Volunteers offer their time because they want to improve the lives of parents and children. What they get back is the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped make a real difference within their community. Being a Volunteer can enhance your own skills and knowledge, build confidence and provide many opportunities for personal development, as well as enhance your CV and employability.
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We are also looking for Trustees to join our Board who can offer professional or business skills or ideas to support and develop Home-Start Deveron.