Host Family

  • VO86100
  • Home-based volunteering


Sometimes life is hard and family members need a break. Our fully trained volunteer Host Families host child(ren) for short periods of time to provide rest and respite for both the child(ren) and their family. Becoming a Host Family with Safe Families is an amazing gift to local families in your community who are struggling to manage life for whatever reason. Safe Families works across all of Midlothian, is a UK wide Christian charity and seeks to provide early intervention to the lives of struggling families in order to reduce any statutory service input. We provide full training and support for all our volunteers, who come from all walks of life, and give them the chance to get alongside local people, helping to strengthen their family life by supporting them through a time of crisis. Volunteering opportunities can be flexible around the needs of the family and the volunteer so that they suit both parties. Hosting involves caring for children from a local family in your home overnight for a fixed length of time – either a few nights in a row or on a regular basis, a night at a time.

Organisation aims and objectives

No one should feel alone. Safe Families exists to create relationship and connection because we believe everyone deserves to belong. At Safe Families, our fully trained volunteers come alongside a family that is struggling, offering them hope, love and friendship by being a Family Friend, a Host Family, a Connect Friend or a Resource Friend.










School holidays, term time, flexible, home based, residential and short term.


Experience required: Full training is given, however, to be a Host Family, all members of the host family must apply for a PVG Scheme membership (submitted via Safe Families) and undertake our full training course in order to be eligible as a host.
Travel details: Volunteers would travel to the home of the family they are supporting to collect and drop off any child(ren) they are hosting.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses details: No official expenses expected of volunteers and they will be volunteering from their own home so access issues will be their own.
Taster details: No taster possible but each potential volunteer goes through a rigorous approval process in order to be sure that volunteering for Safe Families is right for them and vice versa.
Training details: We offer a comprehensive training package at the beginning of a volunteer’s application and offer ongoing training and development opportunities for all volunteers throughout each year.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
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Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.