Why volunteer? Because when a parent can't cope with whatever life is throwing at them, then their children will suffer. And when a family asks us for help, it is a volunteer who makes the difference. Home-Start's volunteers are a lifeline for families and there are lots of ways to get involved. You can visit parents and children in their homes, help run a support group, act as a trustee, help fundraise, and so much more. You will be trained and supported by skilled Home-Start staff. And you could turn a family's life around. Home-Start's amazing volunteers encouraged 33,000 families last year. But we have many more asking for help. Whatever way you volunteer for us you will: make a difference to parents and children facing great difficulties give something back to your local community perhaps return the support you once received from Home-Start share a similar experience You may also benefit yourself, through: better health and well-being; improved personal and skills development; improved chances for work and more self-confidence preparing to return to work or to progress your career doing something amazing with your spare time “Sue was the one person who stayed to help the children and me pick up the pieces. With Sue, I learned to cope as a single parent. Sue has never let us down, she is just brilliant. I am over the moon. For my children, Home-Start has been second to none” Tim, widowed parentSue was his volunteer fromHome-Start Charnwood Ways to volunteer Meet some of our volunteers Get in touch and find out more Contact your nearest local Home-Start. Staff there will tell you all you need to know about what's involved. And they'll answer any questions you may have.