Help & Support for Families in
Welcome to Home-Start Bleanau Gwent
Having a friend can be one of the most enriching and supportive relationships in a person's life..... and it can easily be taken for granted. At Home-Start Blaenau Gwent we value friendship and support
Volunteering with Home-Start Blaenau Gwent
To help give children the best possible start in life, Home-Start supports parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationship with their children and widen their links with the local community. Home-Start offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children within the Blaenau Gwent community.
Visiting families at home is basic to the Home-Start approach. Volunteers undertake the core work of the Home-Start scheme in their support for families, visiting them regularly in their own homes, Volunteers offer a realistic, flexible response and a caring attitude rather than a clearly defined method of working. By sharing their time and friendship volunteers offer families opportunities to develop new relationships, fresh ideas and enhanced skills and capabilities.
Because of this families can develop a renewed interest in their children and an improved response to their needs and gain the confidence to take advantage of other resources available in the community.
Home-Start welcomes volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Volunteers do not need specific qualifications, it is their life experiences, attitudes and interpersonal skills that matter. Volunteers DO need to be a parent or have parenting experience and will need the ability to:
All volunteers are carefully recruited and selected, attend an initial preparation course and undergo a CRB check before being matched with one, two or, occasionally, several families.
If you have what it takes to become a Home-Start volunteer please contact us or download an application pack.
Home-Start now offer support to parents and children up to 11yrs with our Additions Project.
What our volunteers are saying
"I enjoy working as a volunteer for Home Start as it helps families who are struggling to cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life. We try to help wherever we can either with advice or practical help. If anyone has any free time and would like to know more then contact us as I find it most rewarding"
- Sue Price
Sue has been volunteering for Home-Start for over five years now and has supported many families during this time, she is also Vice Chair on our Board of Trustees and a volunteer representitive. Without the commiment of volunteers like Sue Home-Start would not be able to support families and make a difference to so many lives.
See below for more comments from our volunteers