Volunteer for us

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At the heart of Home-Start Slough is the belief that parents play the key role in giving their children the best start in life, and that other parents have the experience and understanding to support those families who need help.

We need your HELP! 

We cannot do what we do without the help and support we receive from our volunteers. Sign up today for our training course and make a difference. We will only require a few hours from you, on every Tuesday 9:30 am -2:30 pm, for 11 weeks,  to provide you with our comprehensive in-house training, held at Burnham Park Hall. Our next class starts on 19th of September. Please contact our office should you require any additional information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Volunteers are the backbone of Home-Start Slough and without them we could not carry out our vital work. If you are a parent or grandparent and have a couple of hours to spare each week, then why not volunteer and help a struggling family build a better life for their children?

Home-Start Slough currently has a team of 60 volunteers visiting local families at home each week, supporting parents in situations as diverse as isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, domestic abuse and disability as well as others who are just finding parenting a struggle.

They provide life-changing practical and emotional support to help build the family’s confidence and ability to cope for as long as needed. Some will be the vital rock for a vulnerable family for a couple of months; others will provide help and friendship for many years.

Volunteer requirements

What you need most is parenting experience. None of our volunteers have formal qualifications; they just need to have empathy, a non-judgmental attitude and an understanding that parenting can be hard for many families.

All our volunteers are thoroughly trained and supported before and during their time with a family. They receive:

  • an induction to Home-Start Slough’s service
  • an 11 session preparation course,  run weekly , covering topics including child protection, communication skills, stress factors in family life and the importance of play
  • regular support and supervision sessions with a volunteer coordinator from Home-Start Slough
  • paid expenses during training and while you support a family.

Career progression

Home-Start training, volunteering and experience out in the field, can lead to further education and career progression.

Many Home-Start volunteers go on to work as family support workers, social workers and other related jobs in the social care industry, and say becoming a volunteer for Home-Start made this possible.

All volunteers attend the Home-Start preparation course which they have to complete before they are matched to their first family.

Many say this training, and the on-going support offered, offers an insight into the issues facing families today and increases their confidence and knowledge.

Once this is combined with their own parenting experience, it gives them a strong foundation on which to provide support for struggling families.

Next volunteer training course – 19th September 2017 until 5th December 2017

Our next volunteer training course starts in September 2017 and runs for 11 weeks. For further information, call us on 01628 661029 or email office@hsslough.co.uk.