Home visiting A Home-Start volunteer will visit you in your own home, usually once a week, for a couple of hours. You decide what you will do together. They can help you with practical tasks, offer advice and share their experience of being a parent, or support you through emotional issues. Home-visiting volunteers: help you establish routines for you and your children while you’re going through such a huge change to your life play and read with your children listen to your worries, concerns and hopes for your family be there because they want to be – not because someone has ‘sent’ them offer a shoulder to cry on share their own experiences of parenting and family life give you a break offer advice if you ask for it provide support, friendship and encouragement help you get to appointments help you access benefits, grants and financial support help you use local services or specialist support help you get involved with your local community Our volunteers are all parents themselves. They are trained and criminal records checked before being carefully matched with any family.