There are several ways that you can help Home-Start Medway in a voluntary capacity:
- Home visiting
- Group support
- Financial Fitness Champions
- Office Admin
Our home visiting volunteers provide support to parents in many different situations, such as mental health problems, bereavement, multiple births, loneliness, illness, disability, and those who are just finding it hard to cope. Volunteers are selected on their suitability to support a family.
Our Financial Fitness Champions support families who have money concerns, helping provide information and guidance on budgeting, debts and benefits.
Home-Start volunteers offer non-judgemental support, building families’ resilience in a practical and emotionally balanced way.
Our volunteers are local people, from all walks of life, who have parenting experience. They attend a 6-week preparation course and receive regular support and supervision. For home-visiting they are matched with a suitable family, and will visit that family once a week until support is no longer needed.
Home-Start Medway has five Area Co-ordinators (see About Us) who are pivotal in the volunteer preparation process and offer continuous support to families and volunteers once they have been matched. They are a valuable resource to our service, providing a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience.
We welcome volunteers from all sections of the community as long as they have parenting experience. (Please ring us if you do not have direct parenting skills and are still interested in volunteering) Home-Start opposes all direct and indirect discrimination against people on the grounds of ethnic origin, religion, culture, disability, gender, sexual orientation, age and family status.
Volunteer Preparation Course
The format of our course is a follows:
Information session – 10:00 until 1.00pm (open to anyone interested in learning more about the course, is it for you??)
1 day a week for 6 weeks – 10:00 until 14:30 (term time only)
A course will normally run on the same day each week for the Information session and the 6 x 1 day training days.
Our next information volunteer session will be in January 2019 dates TBC with the Volunteer Preparation Course starting January 2019 dates TBC for more details please go to CLICK HERE.
The Home-Start Medway Board of Trustees is made up of local people from a wide range of backgrounds such as law, social care, HR, fundraising, education and business. The main requirements of a trustee are a real interest in the family support work we undertake and a willingness to be involved and active in the running of the charity. The Board ensures correct governance and is responsible for the financial security of the organisation.
If you would like further information or can help us we would love to hear from you, please Contact Us.