What does a Home-visiting volunteer do?
Home-visiting volunteers visit a family regularly for 2-3 hours once a week. The formula is a simple but effective one – a volunteer, who has parenting experience themselves, offers emotional and practical support in what ever way the parent is going to find helpful.
Some parents might need someone to talk to, encouragement or some reassurance, others might need more practical support with the children. Playing and reading with children, getting out and about in the local area and finding out about local services and activities are all things a volunteer can help with. Our service is flexible and responsive to adapt to changing family needs.
What sort of commitment do I need to make?
All home-visiting volunteers participate in a preparation course before visiting families. This course ensures that volunteers are prepared for the varying situations they may be involved with. Once ready to visit families a volunteer needs to commit to 2-3 hours per week.
Volunteers attend regular supervision and group meetings where they have the opportunity for further on-going training and to meet other volunteers. There is a small amount of monthly paperwork to be completed and all travel expenses are paid.
Home-Start Gosport and Fareham is committed to ensuring that volunteers are supported at all times.
Quotes from volunteers:
“Over the last year I have found it very rewarding to see the families situation improve. It’s been a privilege to support the family. I felt I was able to make a difference.”
“I have found volunteering for Home-Start Gosport and Fareham very worthwhile and inspiring and I’ve really enjoyed it. I have met a variety of people and it always surprises me how much the 2-3 hours a week is so very much appreciated.”
“I wanted to give something back to the community and didn’t want to keep my knowledge and experience locked up.”
“Volunteering for Home-Start Gosport and Fareham has given me the experience and skills I needed to help me continue my Higher Education.”
For an informal chat to find out more contact Louise Wheeldon, Home-Start Gosport & Fareham scheme manager on 02392 170180 or email us by using our contact us page.
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