Volunteer with HomeStart Southwark

Volunteer with HomeStart Southwark

Home-Start Southwark are looking for volunteers to visit families with young children to help them cope with the challenges they face. Our volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to young families under stress in their own homes, helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown.

What day: Any day

How many hours: 2 hours per week

Minimum Commitment: 6 months preferable

Where: Accross the borough of Southwark

About the organisation:

Home-Start Southwark is part of a nationwide network committed to improving the welfare of families with at least one child under five. We aim to improve the prospects of disadvantaged children and families in Southwark by training volunteers to help parents create happier lives for their babies and children. We focus on the early years to help build a strong social and emotional foundation for the child, helping them achieve their full potential in the years to come. Volunteers are vital to the Home-Start service. They give a high level of commitment and reliability and in return receive high quality training, supervision and support from Home-Start Southwark Coordinators. 

Main activities/tasks:

Volunteers visit a family for 2-3 hours per week for six months. They:

  • Provide emotional support – reassurance, encouragement, empathy, and advice through difficult times.
  • Provide practical support – an extra pairs of hands to help cope with everyday day situations and multiple children.
  • Build parent’s confidence in their own parenting skills and help to restore self-esteem
  • Enable families to overcome social isolation by helping them attend local groups and children centres, and develop their own social networks.
  • Help parents prepare for a new baby by attending appointments and groups 
  • Encourage parent-child bonding through playing, reading and doing fun activities.

Who are they looking for?

  • Anyone who has been a parent or carer of children under 5 is welcome to volunteer.

What the volunteer would gain from the volunteering opportunity?

  • Support parents to build better lives for their children 
  • Develop experience and knowledge of working with families 
  • Give back to your community 
  • Be part of a friendly, caring organisation 
  • Make new friends 
  • Access job references after volunteering for 6 months 
  • Free 8 day training course to ensure that volunteers are extremely well prepared to take on the role of Family Support Volunteer.
  • They provide an ongoing training programme covering topics such as Supporting Families with Parental Mental Health Issues; Budgeting; Speech and Language; and First Aid
  • They provide continuous support to our volunteers through regular supervisions, quarterly Volunteer Support Groups, telephone support, and a programme of social events
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • They will apply for a DBS for you if you do not already have one

Main Point of Contact:

Juliet Thompson – Volunteer Coordinator


020 7737 7720