Home-Start Oxford, Blackbird Leys Youth and Community Centre, Blackbird Leys Road, Oxford OX4 6HW                  Company number 5375011  Charity number 1108612

No special qualifications are necessary to become a Home-Start volunteer, but volunteers are usually parents or grandparents with an interest in, and experience of, young children and family life. We welcome volunteers from all sections of the community.

Volunteers attend a preparation course, usually weekly sessions over 8 weeks. The course, which is free, covers topics such as child development, child protection, mental health awareness, welfare rights, communications skills and confidentiality. Courses are held several times a year in Oxford or West Oxfordshire, at days and times to suit the group attending.  During the preparation course you will have the chance to develop your own skills, and deepen your insights into family life. Such understanding could be valuable for those considering a career in community or social care.

After the preparation course we ask you to make a regular commitment to visit a family in their own home for about three hours each week. The emphasis is on friendship, which could involve sharing difficulties and anxieties or giving practical support. 

Volunteer workshops are held at regular intervals to provide an opportunity for mutual support, ongoing training and discussions on Home-Start issues. 

You will receive regular one to one support from the Co-ordinators – our aim is that no volunteer should ever feel they are working in isolation and without backup.

Hear what some of our current volunteers have to say about working with our families:

That’s Oxfordshire TV: Volunteer Recruitment

Download the expression of interest form

Preparation courses

Please get in touch if you are interested in joining our next  training course.

Please contact our Office Manager, Mel Henry at admin@homestart-oxford.org.uk for more information

Volunteering for Home-Start and Safeguarding

Throughout all our work and activities to support families, the best interests of children are our prime concern. We therefore maintain a transparent culture of safeguarding. Please see our Safeguarding Child Protection Policy for more information. We practice Safer Recruitment for all roles with Home-Start, which includes an enhanced DBS check.

Safeguarding Child Protection Policy                                                                      

Become a volunteer

“She was just the right volunteer for me, she gently motivated me to do things and was such a great person to talk to – although she was there for all of us, I considered it my time.”