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 30,000  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 parent
Sue was his volunteer from
Home-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.