YOU could have the skills needed to make a difference to a family living locally.
"Little things which matter - which Home-Start do - makes all the difference."
Will I be the right sort of person to support a family?
Home-Start volunteers are all ages and from all walks of life. All that we ask of them is that they have experience of bringing up children and can spare a few hours a week.
What would visiting a family involve?
This varies. You could spend time with a young parent, helping to build their confidence as they adapt to life with a small baby or share an outing with a family who finds getting out of the house difficult. The visits might involve offering an extra pair of hands to a family with several children or providing a listening ear to a mother who is suffering from post-natal illness.
What will I gain from being a Home-Start volunteer?
- You'll be helping a family to cope with the pressures they are facing and make a real difference to the lives of parents and their children
You will receive support and training to prepare you for all aspects of your role with Home-Start
You will make new friends and have lots of fun
You will receive out of pocket expenses
You will develop new skills and have some wonderful experience to add to your CV
I'm not a parent. Can I still get involved?
Yes, you can. We always need volunteers, parents or non-parents, who can support us by joining our ManagmentBoard and get involved in the running of the scheme.
"I'm a mum with two children, one of them has various problems so I understand the pressures of family life. I've been lucky, help has always been there. Now it's my turn to help - because I can. Being a volunteer is something I'm proud of"
"Very rewarding. You realise you are filling a hge gap in the families' needs"
Are you interested in volunteering for Home-Start Orkney?
If so please contact us for more information.
"Volunteering is the glue that binds communities together"
(Ian Duncan Smith)