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Home Start Hillingdon - Family Support Volunteer



Details of the Charity:

Home-Start Hillingdon (HSH) was established in 1999, to serve the borough of Hillingdon supporting families with young children through dedicated home-visiting volunteers.  HSH trains volunteers to support families with at least one child under five and under stress.  All family support volunteers have parenting experience so understand the challenges of parenting young children.  Volunteers make a weekly visit home visit to a family to give befriending support and practical help.

HSH volunteers can offer:

  • Precious time for listening and talking
  • Practical help & play with children
  • Reassurance that their challenges are not unique
  • A chance to meet other parents in the same boat
  • Support to use local services and resources
  • Support to reclaim fun in family life

Parents can find it hard to cope and ask for Home-Start help for many reasons, including:

  • Isolation
  • Parent or child’s physical or mental illness
  • Children with additional needs eg. Autism
  • Emotional & physical demands of multiple birth or large family
  • Financial difficulties 
  • Bereavement

HSH support is free, confidential, and non-judgemental, and helps increase the confidence and independence of families by encouraging parents’ strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their children.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

Are you a parent or grandparent with Half a day to spare? 

As a parent you'll know how difficult it can be. Why not use your experience and skills to help local families who are finding things difficult. 

Home-Start Hillingdon trains volunteers to support families under stress with at least one child under five. Volnteers visit families in their own homes to give support, befriending and practical help. 

Following Volunteer Preparation Course (40 hours over 10 daytime sessions), a weekly home visit of 2-3 hours to a matched family to offer a combination of practical and emotional support tailored to individual family’s needs, for example: offering a listening ear; support to go out with children to access community facilities; play & stimulation for positive child development; modelling positive behaviour management… Volunteers work in the community but report to a staff Co-ordinator based in Home-Start Office.  Volunteers must attend a 1 to 1 supervision meetings with their Co-ordinator every six weeks, at Home-Start office. HSH requests a year’s commitment following the Preparation Course.

Next Volunteer Preparation Course starts 3rd October 2019. 

Skills Required:

Family Support Volunteer should have:

  • Parenting experience
  • Understanding of why parents can need support
  • Positive non-judgemental attitude
  • Sensitive & caring attitude
  • Understanding of confidentiality
  • Good communication & listening skills
  • Warm & open personality
  • Ability to keep basic records

*DBS check required - provided free of charge by Brunel Volunteers

Additional Benefits:

  • Satisfaction from helping families
  • Training & occasional social opportunities
  • Experience of family work
  • Regular support & supervision
  • Travel expenses reimbursed
  • Will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
  • All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which may lead to an invitation to the annual Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony in May
  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the EU
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?