Volunteering

Help & Support for Families in

Blaenau Gwent


Welcome to Home-Start Bleanau Gwent

Volunteering

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:

  • Listen with understanding
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Commit 2,3 hours per week to the families they visit

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.


Volunteer Application Form




Have you got a few hours a week to spare? 
Have you got experience of bringing up children? 
Can you offer parents a sympathetic ear or a shoulder to cry on? 
Do you have a caring attitude and friendly manner? 
Are you understanding and non-judgemental? 
Can you help parents give their children the best possible start in life? 


Home-Start Blaenau Gwent is looking for volunteers to visit families in their homes offering parents practical and emotional support. If you would like to volunteer with Home-Start or would like more information, then please give us a ring on (01495)311619 or email:​ office@homestartblaenaugwent.co.uk



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 

"Since I started volunteering with Home Start I have had a lot of help and advice. They have always kept me informed of any problems that I might encounter with my family before I get there (it’s the old saying forewarned is forearmed). I have been on several courses, since I joined the team because I have found them very helpful and useful to me with dealing with my family, giving me ideas and tips that I can pass onto them. Since I have retired I have found volunteering has given me a new lease of life, a new sense of purpose, passing on my experience and knowledge to other people who needs it"
Volunteer
"I enjoy what I do, seeing the children’s faces beaming when they see me and I think my family appreciate it, giving them a couple of hours of ME time to catch up on other things that would otherwise not be done"
Volunteer
"I initially started volunteering as a family support worker for home start to accompany my studies, it was my first experience at working in such a role and I gained a great deal of knowledge from the preparation course and had great support from the home start team. The first family I supported had been in a domestic violence situation and both mum and her young daughter were showing signs of attachment issues. The main worry for mum was that the little girl was due to start nursery a few months down the line but they couldn't cope with being separated, once I had built a trust between the family and myself, I accompanied them to attend a mother and toddler group weekly, it took many weeks for the daughter to venture from mums side but she eventually started to explore and make friends and I was on hand to offer mum the emotional support she needed to deal with the separation anxiety she was feeling"
Volunteer
"I worked with the family for around 7 months until they were both at a stage where they were happy and confident, the little girl started nursery and it was a smooth transition for them both. Seeing how my help and support made a real difference to the family gave me a great deal of conference in my abilities and I loved seeing how well their situation improved"
Volunteer

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