Support a family with young children

As a home-visiting volunteer or remote volunteer, you will make a direct difference to a family’s life. Your support can help parents regain their confidence and increase a child’s chances of growing up happier and healthier.

What you’ll do

If you’re a home-visiting volunteer, you will visit your family at their home or meet up at parks or other public spaces on a weekly basis for around 2 hours (this includes travel time and the completion of an online form). You will offer non-judgemental, confidential support, tailored to their needs.

You don’t need any previous volunteering experience, but experience with children (as a parent/grandparent/carer, au pair or similar) is essential. Other than that, you will simply need good listening skills and a “can-do” approach.

We ask that you visit or speak to your family during our working hours (Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 4pm) and that you volunteer with us for a minimum of 6 months or more.

We also ask that you attend regular support/supervision with your Coordinator and provide regular, timely updates of support delivered to families through the completion of an online form.

How you’ll help

Our families often face challenges such as financial difficulties, post-natal depression, multiple births, illnesses, bereavement, disabilities, and loneliness. By visiting them once a week, you will offer consistent emotional and practical support at a time when they need it most. Your support can help them to grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and better integrate into their local community.

Here are some examples of the support you could provide:

  • Providing tips on practical parenting skills
  • Building a supportive relationship with the family in which the challenges of family life can be discussed, and positive strategies encouraged
  • Encouraging parents’ strengths and emotional well-being so they can best support their children
  • Encouraging families to widen their network of relationships and to make use of support and services available in the community

What you’ll get

As well as enhanced self-fulfilment and satisfaction, you’ll receive comprehensive introductory training, which lasts approximately 25 hours and provides volunteers with the tools and confidence to work with local families.

You will also receive ongoing support throughout your volunteer journey with us, including supervision with your Family Coordinator every 6-8 weeks and further training opportunities, such as introductory courses to domestic abuse. You will also be offered the opportunity to meet other volunteers at socials and volunteer meetings.

Next volunteer training course: early 2024 (dates & location in Lambeth TBC)

This training is necessary for all volunteers looking to support families in their homes.