If you have parenting experience and 2-3 hours a week to spare, why not become a Home-Visiting Volunteer with Home-Start Kirkcaldy and help out a family with young children?
Home-Start Kirkcaldy recruits and trains volunteers who are then matched up with a family with young children. The families are referred to us because they need a bit of support (maybe mum has post-natal depression, is isolated, new to the area, there’s lots of children) and our volunteers visit once a week to help out. Our volunteers help with all sorts of practical tasks such as going shopping, getting to appointments, helping out with the children, being a listening ear. Travel and any other out-of-pocket expenses are paid.
Training courses for new volunteers run throughout the year
Home-Start Kirkcaldy offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in Kirkcaldy, Kinghorn, Burntisland and Cardenden. Since 1994, they have offered a unique service for families - recruiting and training volunteers to support parents with young children at home. They help families deal with whatever life throws at them, supporting parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.
Experience required: No formal qualifications are asked for. Volunteers must have parenting experience (this does not necessarily mean they have had their own children, e.g. they may have been involved in bringing up younger siblings). Must have a non-judgemental attitude and understand the pressures involved in bringing up young children. Volunteers will be subject to PVG check
Travel details: Home-Start cover Kirkcaldy, Kinghorn, Burntisland and Cardenden. Volunteers transport expenses are reimbursed and volunteers preferences on areas/availability of transport are taken into account when matched with the family.
Minimum age: 16
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Yes
Training details: Volunteers must attend a preparation course which runs one day a week for 5 weeks. Once the course is completed we have volunteer sessions every month, alternating between a training session on a related topic (e.g. child protection, addiction, play & child development) and our volunteer support group. Once matched with a family volunteers receive formal support & supervision sessions every 4 - 6 weeks, with ad-hoc support as and when needed
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