Home-Start Volunteers

We Can Help You

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Home-Start relies on volunteers to work with families with young children. The volunteers are extensively trained according to strict international standards. On-going training and supervision is also offered to all volunteers throughout their period of service.

Home-Start volunteers are generally parents or have parenting experience.

The Home-Start training course of preparation enhances their existing skills and equips them with new skills to prepare them to support parents and offer practical help to families in need.

The suitable volunteers regularly visit the parents that need assistance in their own homes where the dignity and identity of each adult and child can be respected and protected.

The role of the volunteer

Is to develop a relationship with the family; listen to and reassure parents that difficulties in raising young children are not unusual. The volunteers will attempt to build the parents' own strengths and emotional well-being for the ultimate benefit of their young children.

Where necessary the volunteers will help the parents with practical tasks (e.g. applying for social grants etc.).

Home-Start successfully recruits volunteers from the local community who are knowledgeable about the resources and facilities in the area. The volunteers will encourage families to establish links with community networks or partners and to effectively use the services available in the community.

Home-Start forms relationships and partnerships with health, social and education partners to extend the network of support for families. These partnerships ensure that there is no duplication or overlapping of services, but rather that the Home-Start service complements existing services and maximizes opportunities for parents and young children in need.

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Final Thoughts

Home-Start is a friend to parents with young children.

Introducing a volunteer friend to a parent who has never had a real friend, or who desperately needs one, is possibly one of Home-Start's greatest gifts!