Volunteering - Supporting families in their own homes

Thriving Kirklees’ services work with families in a variety of places depending on the needs of the family and the type of support that’s available.

Some of that help and support takes place in the family’s own home so there are volunteering opportunities which provide that help.

We’ve gathered together those roles here.

After a brief description of the role you’ll see a link to the website of the organisation that offers those opportunities so you can find out more and apply for available roles.

Photo courtesy of Home-Start – Andy Aitchison

Volunteer roles

Home-visiting volunteers 

Volunteers visit their families weekly for 2-3 hours and offer practical help, emotional support and a listening ear. We support families for as long as support is needed and it is making a difference.

Each volunteer is carefully matched to their family to ensure positive outcomes – we ensure the volunteer’s preferences are taken into account so that a good rapport can be built with the family. We also try to avoid volunteers being expected to travel a long distance but also ensure the family they are supporting isn’t already known to them in their local community.

Volunteers receive regular supervision from their co-ordinator and a training programme is offered throughout the year.

Find out more and apply – telephone 01484 421925 or e-mail info@homestart-kirklees.org.uk