Interests

  • Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
  • Children/Young People
  • Community support
  • Families and Parenting

Activities

  • Befriending & Buddying

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. Our values - 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. Our vision 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 Surrey 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.

What skills do I need?

Non-judgemental, parental experience, compassionate, reliable, good listener, patient, these are all important skills for our volunteers

Interests

  • Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
  • Children/Young People
  • Community support
  • Families and Parenting

Activities

  • Befriending & Buddying

Details

  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Slot Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

We have courses starting in the Spring all over Surrey, then again in September. We always need new volunteers.

Location

This opportunity is available Countywide.

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