Be amazing! Be a Home-Start volunteer

We’re currently recruiting for volunteers to support families in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and the Forest of Dean. If you’re interested in giving two or three hours of your time and making a huge difference to young families, please get in touch.

We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, but especially parents and grandparents so families can benefit from your experience, expertise and understanding.

Download our application pack here:

Why Home-Start volunteers make a difference
Being a parent, whatever your situation, can be very difficult, especially when children are young. Many parents feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the stresses of family life, particularly if they have little support from family and friends when they need it most. For some parents it’s a particular struggle because they are also having to cope with issues such as post-natal depression, their own or their child’s illness or disability, isolation or multiple birth.

When a parent can’t cope with whatever life is throwing at them, then their children will suffer.

A carefully selected volunteer, who has parenting experience themselves, regularly visits a family, in their own home, offering emotional and practical support through difficult times for as long as it is helpful or needed. This friendly parent-to-parent support is a simple yet effective way of enabling families to get back on track.

And when a family asks us for help, it is a volunteer who makes the difference. Home-Start’s volunteers are a lifeline for families and there are lots of ways to get involved. You can visit parents and children in their homes, help run a support group, act as a trustee, help fundraise, and so much more.

You will be trained and supported by skilled Home-Start staff. And you could turn a family’s life around. Across all Home-Starts, amazing volunteers encouraged around 28,000 families last year. But we have many more asking for help.

Whatever way you volunteer for us you will:

  • make a difference to parents and children facing great difficulties
  • give something back to your local community
  • perhaps return the support you once received from Home-Start share a similar experience

You may also benefit yourself, through:

  • better health and well-being;
  • improved personal and skills development;
  • improved chances for work and more self-confidence
  • preparing to return to work or to progress your career
  • doing something amazing with your spare time