Volunteer opportunities

Volunteering can be an extremely rewarding role when you make a real difference to someone’s life. Home-Start in Suffolk is a local charity supporting families in across the county.
We are looking to recruit individuals all across Suffolk to join our team of volunteers supporting our home visiting service. Our volunteers are trained to support families for whom the pressures of family life have become too much to cope with alone. This can be for various reasons: isolation, illness, bereavement, or post-natal illness.
Volunteers visit a family in their own home once a week for 2/3 hours. How they 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.
Volunteers don’t need qualifications; the only real ‘qualification’ is experience of caring for 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 they have been invited into a family’s home; people who will treat a parent or carer as an equal. All volunteers undertake a minimum of 30hrs preparation training before they are matched to a family who would benefit from their skills and experience.
Volunteers can get a lot out of volunteering with Home-Start, a boost to self-esteem and confidence; even a foot on the ladder towards a job as we offer OCN accredited training.
We also hold social events and opportunities for our volunteers to get together.
If you are interested in finding out more please contact us on 01473 621104 or email headoffice@homestartinsuffolk.org