Volunteer at Home-Start Birmingham

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0121 747 4631
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Our volunteers make weekly visits to families in their own homes, offering a mixture of practical and emotional, non-judgmental support, for however long a family needs them. These weekly visits last between 2-3 hours, support can be inside the home, or out and about in the local community- the park, playgroups etc.

Our volunteers also empower parents to make changes, to forge links in their local community and access specialist services if needed.

But more than anything, our volunteers are there as a regular, friendly face, an extra pair of hands and a shoulder to cry on.

Our volunteers walk alongside families until the day comes when the family is strong enough to go it alone.

Our volunteers help to build better futures for local children.

About Home-Start Birmingham

When parents can't cope children suffer, the impact of which can last a lifetime.

For almost 30 years, local Home-Start volunteers have been offering emotional and practical support to Birmingham families.

Why? Because parenting can be hard for so many reasons. From dealing with poverty and isolation to poor mental health and relationship breakdowns. All these issues can affect a parent's ability to cope.

And this is where Home-Start steps in.

Our volunteers offer a mixture of practical and emotional, non-judgmental support, for however long a family needs them. Our volunteers also empower parents to make changes, to forge links in their local community and access specialist services if needed. But more than anything, our volunteers are there as a regular, friendly face, an extra pair of hands and a shoulder to cry on.

What are they looking for?

A quick guide to becoming a Home-Start home-visiting volunteer

  • You must be a parent or have parenting experience
  • As a Home-Start volunteer, you will support a family by visiting them at home for around two to three hours once a week
  • You should be able to commit at least one year of your time to Home-Start
  • You should have a non-judgmental attitude and understand the pressures of bringing up a family
  • You will have to attend our free Volunteer Preparation Course with other new volunteers before meeting your first family
  • Expenses are paid during training and while you support a family
  • You must understand that your support for families is completely confidential
  • You will have to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check
  • You will meet regularly with, and be supported by, a Home-Start Coordinator during the time you are visiting families

If you feel inspired by what you have read, and would like to find out more about volunteering for Home-Start, please visit the Contact Us page on our website to find the Home-Start closest to you in Birmingham.

Practical Considerations

  • Although our volunteers need to have parenting experience, they do not need formal qualifications.
  • All volunteers must take part in a training course before they are matched to their first family for support.
  • All volunteers will receive ongoing support and supervision.
  • Volunteers will be reimbursed for travel expenses.

Whilst our volunteers come from a range of backgrounds and experiences, some volunteers do use their Home-Start experience to further their education or enhance their career prospects, whilst other volunteers come to Home-Start due to retirement and want to do something meaningful and rewarding for local families.