Home-Visiting volunteer

Home-Start Bradford District is a voluntary organisation where volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to young families under stress in their own homes helping to prevent family crisis or breakdown. Volunteers, who are parents or have parenting experience understand that sometimes family life can be tough and that is why their support can be so valuable in helping another family. Volunteers are central to our service and we could not offer families the same support without them.

Skills

Home-Start Bradford District volunteers should be a parent or have parenting experience. We ask volunteers to commit to 3-4 hours per week, for a minimum of a year, but most stay longer. Potential volunteers will be invited for an interview before taking part in our ten-session course of preparation where they will meet like-minded people and have fun, whilst learning the skills required to support families in their homes. Once the course is complete, and references and checks (including an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check) have been taken up, a volunteer will visit a family for 3-4 hours a week. They will complete a diary sheet record of each visit, and meet up with a Coordinator every 6-8 weeks for supervision meetings. Our training is free to attend, and travel expenses will be reimbursed for both training and home-visiting.

Details

  • Accessibility
    Must be able to offer a least 2-3 hours per week to support a family
  • Age restrictions
    Must be over 18
  • DBS check required
    Enhanced DBS check to be completed
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
    Will cover on the training
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Out of pocket expenses for travel and calls
  • Health and Safety Policy
    Will cover on the training
  • Ongoing support
    Regular 6 weekly supervision with your coordinator
  • Training provided
    Normally a 10 week course of preparation face to face. During pandemic 6 week online training sessions
  • Volunteer induction
    Will cover in training
  • Volunteer Policy
    Will cover in training
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
    Covered by liability insurance
  • Written role description
    Will cover at Interview

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Availability Details

Preparation courses are ongoing throughout the year. Please contact for next available preparation course.


Location

This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.


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