What do Home Start Portsmouth Volunteers do?

Our volunteers will usually visit a parent in their home once a week for a couple of hours. How they help is really down to the needs of the family. Some might need a sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry on, someone to have a laugh with. Others may need help keeping appointments or accessing local services and 'connecting' with their local community. Our volunteers can provide an extra pair of hands to help people cope with everyday parenting situations, or practical help with activities like playing or reading stories.

Home-Start's approach is very personal and friendly and this often reassures parents that what they're going through is not unusual, that they are not alone.


Could YOU be a Home-Start Volunteer?

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, to have 2-3 hours a week to spare, to be open-minded and compassionate and willing to undertake our course of preparation. All volunteers are interviewed in their homes, have a DBS (Disclosure and Baring Service) check and have regular supervision meetings with a co-ordinator.


Applying to be a volunteer

If you would like to find out more or apply to be a volunteer, you can download and complete the form below on your screen and then email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us for an appliaction pack to be sent out to you.

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