Home-Start

Home-Start Calderdale supports families across the borough who have young children. All our families have recognised that parenting is a really hard job and that they just need a little bit of help.

We support families who are struggling with a variety of issues including family breakdown, illness or disability, lack of confidence, loneliness or simply lots of small children! All our trained volunteers have parenting experience themselves – they’ve been there and got the t-shirt!

A volunteer can bring the fun and love back into a family with kindness, patience and a good dose of humour.

Volunteering With Home-Start

You could have exactly the skills needed to make a difference to a local family!

As a parent you’ll know just how tough it can sometimes be. Did you often long to have someone to confide in, an extra pair of hands at certain times or just someone to have a chat with. Well, Home-Start offers this kind of support! Our carefully trained volunteers, who all have experience of bringing up children, give free emotional and practical help to parents, with at least one child under the age of five. By visiting a family in their own home and offering friendship, Home-Start volunteers represent a lifeline for many families who are finding it hard to cope.

Will I be the right sort of person to support a family?

Home-Start volunteers are both women and men, all ages and from all cultures and walks of life. All that we ask of you is that you have experience of bringing up children and can spare two hours a week. To give you a clear idea of what we are looking for, please click here to look at our ‘Are We Suited’ page.

What would visiting a family involve?

This varies. You could spend the time with a young parent, helping to build their confidence as they adapt to life with a small baby, or share an outing with a family who struggle to get out of the house. The visits might involve offering an extra pair of hands to a family with several children or providing a listening ear to a mother who is suffering from postnatal illness. Being a Home-Start volunteer means offering friendship to parents and spending time with families in a way that meets their needs.

What will I gain from being a volunteer?

  • You will be helping a family cope with the pressures they are facing and make a real difference to the lives of parents and their children.
  • You will receive support and training to prepare you for all aspects of your role with Home-Start.
  • You will make new friends and have lots of fun
  • You will develop new skills and have some wonderful new experiences to add to your CV

If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer with us please call 01422 242124 or click here for our contact form.

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