What is Home-Start?
Home-Start is a national voluntary organisation offering informal, friendly support to parents with at least one child under the age of five.
Being a parent, wherever you live, whatever your circumstances, isn't always easy. Add in pressures such as illness or financial worries, and without the support of family and friends nearby, the stress can seem overwhelming.
Home-Start offers free support, friendship and practical help to families with at least one child under five. Families are visited regularly in their own homes by volunteers who have all had experience of parenting and know how hard it can sometimes be.
Home-Start Craven seeks volunteers to support local families in the Craven area.
Could YOU help us make a difference for families?
YOU could have the skills needed to make a difference to a family living locally.
As a parent you'll know just exactly how tough it can sometimes be. Did you often long to have someone to confide in or just have a chat with?
Home-Start's families come in all shapes and sizes and from all different backgrounds. Some may be feeling isolated, they may be new to the area without the support of family and friends, or they may be parenting alone. Others may be struggling with difficult relationships, have an illness or a disability, or have several pre-school children. All have one thing in common, the need for someone to listen and be there just for them.
Home-Start volunteers also come in all shapes and sizes and from all different backgrounds. We need people with a whole host of different experiences to provide our special kind of support to families.
Will I be the right sort of person to support a family?
Home-Start volunteers are all ages and from all walks of life. All we ask of you is that you have experience of bringing up children and can spare a few hours a week. Initially we ask you to complete a ‘Volunteer preparation course' these courses are run regularly and are free. The course usually takes place one day per week for around 10 weeks. Both day time and evening courses may be available.
Volunteers will all have to agree to undergo a full enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) check and provide two references. Home-Start values its volunteers highly and provides full support and training and all out of pocket expenses are reimbursed
If you or anyone else you know, think you can spare a few hours a week to become a friend to someone in their own home in the Craven area, we would love to hear from you.
Cowling Village Hall
T 01535 633782
M 07585 232014