Being a Volunteer
Are you a parent or grandparent or do you have parenting experience?
Would you like to make a difference to the lives of young families living in Lambeth?
Can you spare a couple of hours each week to work with families?
How to Apply
We offer both remote and in-person support to families in Lambeth.
To find out more about the difference in remote and in-person volunteering roles, please see our volunteer role description by clicking here.
Alternatively, you can download the forms below, and email your completed Application and Diversity Monitoring form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download an application pack here:
As a volunteer what kind of support would I be offering?
The main support offered by volunteers is befriending families by visiting them in their homes on a weekly basis. Volunteers will usually have parenting experience and give free emotional and practical help to any parent, with at least one child under five. Home-Start volunteers represent a lifeline for many families who are finding it hard to cope. This could be for a variety of reasons such as post-natal illness, multiple births or disability of a child or parent.
Will I be the right sort of person to support a family?
Home-Start volunteers are all ages and from all walks of life. We don’t ask for qualifications, just a commitment to the family you would be visiting, listening skills, understanding and discretion. You will be a parent yourself or have parenting/childcare experience.
You'll have 1-2 hours spare per week, and be willing to offer support over the phone or in-person. Please note that calls and home visits must be made during office hours (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm), in case any safeguarding concerns need to be passed to a member of staff.
What would visiting a family involve?
You could spend time with a young parent, helping to build their confidence as they adapt to life with a small baby, or provide a listening ear to a mother who is suffering from postnatal illness.
What will I gain from being a Home-Start volunteer?
- You will 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 develop new skills and have some good experience to add to your CV.
- Out of pocket expenses will be paid.
What does the training involve?
It is very important to us that all volunteers receive adequate training before starting to work with families.
Our prep course will develop your skills, prepare you for things you may encounter as a Home-Start volunteer and help you to get to know the Home-Start staff team.
Are there any other volunteering opportunities?
Yes! We are currently looking for volunteers to assist with our Family Support Groups which run each week at Loughborough Community Centre at Max Roach in Brixton and virtually.
We are also looking for volunteers to support families with SEN children, in collaboration with Whippersnappers. Whippersnappers is a local charity providing a diverse cultural platform through which SEN children and their parents can express and educate themselves through music, sports and art. By partnering up with Whippersnappers, Home-Start Lambeth volunteers support Lambeth-based families to attend regular whippersnappers groups. Please see our Home-Start Lambeth & Whippersnappers Volunteer role description here.
There may also be vacancies for volunteers to join our Board of Trustees, get involved in fundraising activities or help with administrative work in our office.
What support will I get as a volunteer?
Once you are matched with a family or start supporting our groups, including Family Support Groups or Whippersnappers groups, you are not left on your own. Staff will keep in close contact with regular one-to-one and group support sessions, so that if there are any difficulties or problems, they are picked up straight away. We also run volunteer socials and on-going training opportunities.
“I am really enjoying visiting my family and feel that they are benefiting from the practical and emotional support given. The training and preparation given at Home Start really prepares you for dealing with the issues encountered with the family."