All our volunteers at Home-Start Meon Valley are parents themselves or have had substantial parenting experience. As a volunteer you will be encouraged to understand the challenges of family life and the problems that our families experience on a daily basis. These could include, post natal depression, multiple births and isolation.
The Home-Start Preparation Course that all prospective volunteers undertake before being matched with a family, consists of 40 hours training over 8 weeks on a once weekly basis, so you will feel able and confident to take on the role of visiting your family and giving them support and friendship. The course will cover subjects as confidentiality, safeguarding children and what it is like to visit a family on a one to one basis.
Our volunteers need to be able to offer 2-3 hours of their time each week and to attend supervision with Hayley or Laura, our scheme co-ordinators, on a regular basis. We do ask that all volunteers make at least one years commitment to Home-Start Meon Valley.
Once you have started visiting as a volunteer you will be well supported in your role. Hayley and Laura are on hand to offer support and help with any issues you might experience. You will also be invited to attend supervision every 6-8 weeks to monitor how the visits with your family are progressing, items you wish to discuss and to generally update you on courses that you would like to attend such as First Aid, Autism Awareness and a regular Safeguarding Refresher.
We feel that it is important for volunteers not to be out of pocket whilst doing this important voluntary work. We will cover all travelling expenses whilst you are in your volunteer role.
If you would like to find out more please contact us for more information or to discuss joining our next course, we would love to welcome you.