Want to volunteer?
“What I do is try to be there for her in practical ways, and listen. Sometimes when I arrive she is tired but having someone to talk to seems to make all the difference in the world.”
At the heart of our charity are our volunteers, most of whom work directly with families. Have you ever thought to yourself, “if only I was in the right position to make a difference to that person’s life…”? If so, we can help. And at the same time, provide you with an opportunity to develop new skills and self-confidence, particularly when you see the positive difference you make, and to gain valuable experience in new areas of work; all while supporting your local community.
Family support at home
If you’re a parent or a carer, or maybe a grandparent, you know just how tough family life can be. And we know it too. All our family volunteers have some sort of parenting experience and so they can provide an extra pair of hands to help people cope with everyday parenting situations, or practical help with activities like playing, reading stories, getting out to the park. They support parents to grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children, and widen their links with the local community. Whatever the issues our families face – loneliness, isolation, financial difficulties, anxiety, post-natal depression, ill health, the threat of violence, multiple births or disabilities – our volunteers will be there.
Do I need any qualifications…?
Our volunteers are people just like you – ordinary people who understand how hard it can be to bring up young children. You will need to be friendly and understanding, non-judgmental, and have a practical approach to problems. Ideally, you will live in Barnet or Harrow to be able to visit families easily and have an understanding of the local community. You will receive full training on one of our 40-hour preparation courses before being carefully matched with families where your own set of experiences and skills can help the most.
You can also apply to be a Family Health Coach, or a Perinatal health coach – working with new mums and those in the last stage of pregnancy. Alternatively, we also sometimes have opportunities in the office doing some admin work.
I am interested…what next?
It’s simple. Just telephone Home-Start Barnet on 020 8371 0674 and speak to Luci Yellon, our Volunteer Manager, who will explain the role and how to apply in more detail. Or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about volunteering roles please visit Volunteers’ stories. If you haven’t got time right now to commit to volunteering, perhaps you can help us raise money, or make a donation yourself?
Testimonials from our Volunteers
“As a Home-Start Barnet volunteer I received training that helped me learn how to help other people by helping them to help themselves”
“Home-Start Barnet volunteers prove every day that it doesn’t take much time to help another person, even if you’ve only just met them.”