There are many opportunities for volunteering within Home-Start, both working directly with families or supporting those who do.
At the heart of the charity are our Home-visiting volunteers. We have over 25 volunteers who visit parents at home, giving emotional and practical help.
These volunteers must have parenting experience and, before they are matched with a family, go through a training programme and have an enhanced criminal records check.
The trustees, who manage Home-Start Cardiff, are also volunteers. They receive special preparation for their role within the charity too.
Funding Volunteers: We have opportunities for anyone interested in Fundraising, with expertise in writing funding applications and bid writing or an interest in organising a fundraising event, or helping to establish links with local businesses.
Volunteer Drivers: We support our families to get to medical appointments, shopping or access other services such as benefits/housing appointments and toddler/playgroups.
All areas of volunteering are very rewarding…but don’t take our word for it – contact the office and we can arrange for you to have a chat with one of our current volunteers.
All our volunteers complete an 8-10 week / 40 hour volunteer training preparation course before starting to visit families.
In addition volunteers can choose to get the course accredited by Certa (formerly OCN) by completing a few written assignments.
Would you make a good home-visiting volunteer?
All of our volunteers are parents themselves or have had substantial parenting experience. As such our volunteers understand the challenges of family life.
Our volunteers need to be able to offer 2-3 hours of their time, regularly each week and have some spare time to attend support meetings. We ask that volunteers make a year’s commitment to the scheme.
We will offer you a full training programme so that you feel confident to take on the role of a Home-Start visitor. The training covers such issues as what it is like to visit a family, Confidentiality, Safeguarding children, Child development and play. If you choose the training can lead to a formal qualification through Certa.
We feel that it is important for volunteers not to be out of pocket whilst doing voluntary work. We will cover travelling expenses, and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses (this will be discussed further in training). We are unable to reimburse child-care costs.
Once you have started home-visiting as a volunteer you will be well supported in your role, which is vital for safe working and good practice. This is facilitated though one to one supervision sessions with the scheme manager; and peer support sessions, where you will get the opportunity to meet other volunteers and discuss issues. Support is also given on an informal basis when ever required.
We offer ongoing training to support the work you do. This includes sessions led by Women’s Aid, Journeys (Depression Alliance), Citizen’s Advice Bureau (Debt and Budget Management), and other experts discussing Safeguarding Children, Drug & Alcohol Awareness, Positive Parenting; Supporting Asylum Seekers.
Our volunteers find the experience of supporting a family rewarding. Many volunteers find their confidence in their own skills is boosted and helps them on the path to further education or work.
What you can offer
- Precious time for listening and talking
- Help with the children
- A break for parents
- Practical help and reassurance
- A chance to meet other parents in similar situations
- Support to use local services and resources
Family life can be hard and challenging for many parents.
- relationship breakdown,
- physical and mental illness
- multiple births
All can have a profound effect on families. With your help, Home-Start can be there to help parents cope, to help them towards independence and a better future.
If you would like to volunteer, or find out more about volunteering with Home-Start Cardiff, please contact us by phone or mail.
To download a volunteer application form, please click here: Volunteer Application form
If you are interested in volunteering, we are always recruiting for Home-visiting volunteers and Trustees. We also have Funding Volunteer vacancies and Volunteer Driver opportunities. Please see the ‘Volunteer’ page for more information about becoming a volunteer.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that the Charity has a clear vision, mission, and strategic direction; and for the performance of the Charity and its “corporate” behaviour. We look for candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds and welcome applications from all sections of the community. In particular we seek Trustees with experience or qualifications in the following areas:
- Legal Matters
- HR Experience
- Strategic Planning
- Employment Law
- Networking with policymakers at local and national level
The Trustee role is voluntary, although Trustees’ out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
For an Information Pack and Application Form, or for an informal chat please contact: Judith John, Scheme Manager on 029 20360876.