Home-visiting volunteer

  • VO76538


Our volunteers offer support to families with at least one child under 5 both in a home setting and family group setting.
Volunteers offer practical support such as helping to access appointments, encouraging families to go out to community resources, providing encouragement with regards to parenting skills, help to have a positive parenting experience. Volunteers also offer emotional support and a listening ear.
Volunteers all have parenting skills and understand the stresses and strains in bringing up a young family. The role of the volunteer is complementary to the professionals and offer an informal, flexible approach to the family needs.
Volunteers help at group sessions, supporting parents, making them feel welcome and encouraging them to participate Although the aim is to enable them to achieve independence.
Volunteers specfic needs are met by ongoing training days, regular support meetings and the support of the co-ordinator at all times.
We offer training opportunities which benefit the personal development of the volunteer which can help with career prospects and further education.
Induction training and ongoing training is offered, such as first aid, domestic abuse awareness, autism awareness, engaging with dads and any other appropriate training which benefits the families.

Organisation aims and objectives

Home-Start Wigtownshire 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 and breakdown. Home-Start is available for any family with at least one child inder 5 years old The objects of the Charity are: a) to safeguard, protect and preserve the good health, both mental and physical of children and parents of children b) to prevent cruelty to or maltreatment of children c) to relieve sickness, poverty and need amongst children and parents of children d) to promote the education of the public in better standards of child care










2 hours per Week. Minimum Commitment: YearWeekdays


Experience required: Life skills, good listener, enjoy working with children, approachable, non-judgemental, respectful, confidentiality.
Travel details: Throughout Wigtownshire. Travel expenses are paid


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Milage rage, public transport and childcare expenses for training. Paid monthly and if this is not suitable, then weekly.
Training details: 5 sessions held - induction includes child protection, confidentiality, equal opportunities, personal safety, play. Ongoing - First Aid, drugs, domestic abuse, postnatal illness awareness, child protection. Regular support sessions - Group and Individua
Support: Childcare,
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Last updated 2 months ago

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