No special qualifications are necessary to become a Home-
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-
You will receive regular one to one support from the Co-
Hear what some of our current volunteers have to say about working with our families:
Please get in touch if you are interested in joining our next training course.
Please contact our Office Manager, Mel Henry at admin@homestart-
Volunteering for Home-
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-
“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.”