Home-visiting Volunteers - Home-Start

Home-Visiting Volunteers - Do you have a few hours a week to support struggling local families? Do you want to receive free training and on-going support to help you volunteer? Home-Start Runnymede and Woking has families waiting for volunteer help so we need to recruit new volunteers. Home-Start Volunteers change lives... and most of them tell us they're not DOING anything! Lots of our families need someone to talk to because they feel isolated or lonely. You don't need any special qualifications to be a Home-Start volunteer. You just need a good appreciation of how hard it can be to be a parent when children are small. Maybe you found being a parent hard? Maybe somebody helped you and you want to 'give something back' by helping somebody else? Maybe nobody helped you and you know how things are for some of our families that are trying to do everything by themselves? Maybe you just have 2-3 hours a week to spare and want to make a difference to someone's life, a whole family's life? If this is you, all we ask is that you undertake a course of preparation for one day a week for 6 weeks. This is so that you can get to know us and how Home-Start Runnymede and Woking works and we can get to know you; this way we can make sure we send you to the family that you are most suited to help. Once you are matched with a family and visiting them weekly, we will be on the end of the phone to support you whenever you need it and we will give you supervision every 6 weeks so that we can find out how things are going for you and for the family that you are visiting. The next Prep course for new volunteers is expected to start on 27th Sept and will run for 6 weeks on Tuesdays from 9.45 - 14.00. Volunteers need to be a parent or have experience of bringing up a child and can give 2-3 hours / week to support a family for the next 1- 2 years.- Have a clear understanding of the confidential nature of the Home-Start service, and not to break confidences shared by the family, other than when disclosure is essential in order to protect the wellbeing or safety of a child -- Have time and enthusiasm for Home-Start, be reliable and understand the importance of reliability to the family - Have good communication skills including an ability to listen - Have a warm and open personality and a sense of humour - Be able to work as a member of a team - Be prepared to keep records as required by the scheme - Be prepared to attend group support meetings and ongoing or refresher training required by the scheme- Be prepared to attend supervision with the Organiser every six weeks Applications must be in by 21st September 2016. Please contact WAVS on 01483 751456 or e-mail volunteer@wavs.org.uk

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