Home-Start Volunteer [20524]

Home-Start Dumfries
Initially six training sessions and then ongoing support.
You must be a parent or have carer experience. Good communication skills; friendly and empathetic. Volunteers will be supported by a volunteer co-ordinator and will have regular support and supervision, as well as ongoing training.

Home-Start is a voluntary organisation in which volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to young families under stress in their own homes helping to prevent family crisis or breakdown.

Home-Start volunteers support families in the following way:

  • Offering support, friendship and practical help. This might include help with budgeting, meal planning, attending appointments, accessing services etc.
  • Visiting the families in their own homes, where the dignity and identity of each individual can be respected and protected through non-judgemental, compassionate and confidential support.
  • Reassuring families that difficulties in bringing up children are not unusual.
  • Emphasising the positive aspects of family life and positive parenting.
  • Developing a relationship with the family in which time can be shared and an understanding developed.
  • Encouraging parents’ strengths and emotional well being for the ultimate benefit of their own children.
  • Encouraging families to widen their network of relationships and to use effectively the support and services available in the community.