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What does a volunteer do?

Usually you visit a family in their own home once a week for a couple of hours. How you help is really down to the family itself. Some might need someone to talk to, others may need more practical support with meal planning and cooking, reading to the children, going to the local park or finding out about local services.

Do I need any qualifications?

The only real qualification is experience of bringing up children. Friendliness and a caring attitude are essential as well as an understanding of the pressures of parenting. We value people who don’t judge others; people who will respect the fact that they have been invited into a family’s home; people who will treat a mother or father as an equal.

Do volunteers get any training?

Yes, we give high priority to the recruitment, induction, training and support of all our volunteers. You will be supported during your training and throughout your contact with families.

Can I help without visiting families?

Yes. We also need volunteers to help run our Family Group and social activities and to help raise funds. Our trustees, who manage and govern our scheme, are all volunteers.

A Guide to volunteering:

  • You must be a parent or have parenting experience
  • You will support a family by visiting them for around two hours once a week
  • You should be able to commit at least six months of your time to Home-Start Essex (Brentwood)
  • You should have a non-judgemental attitude and understand about the pressures of bringing up a family
  • You will have to attend our free Volunteer Preparation course before you meet your first family
  • Expenses are paid while you support a family
  • You must understand that your support for families is completely confidential
    You will have to undergo a criminal record check at advanced level
  • You will be supported by Home-Start Essex (Brentwood) during the time you are visiting families


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