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.