Home-Start Bromley is a registered charity that seeks to provide an early intervention service that supports parents and their children. The families that we support may be vulnerable, exeriencing transitions, going through periods of difficultie, whatever the reason we believe that parenting is a demanding role, and we all find it challenging at times. We believe that support and a friendly non judgemental face can make all the difference.
At the heart of our service is our trained and trusted volunteers who provide support to our families. We are always looking for people with a genuine desire to make a difference to their local community to volunteer with us. Our aim is to support families with young children when they need us the most, "reach the family reach the child".
We are therefore looking for volunteer Parent Mentors to work with vulnerable families. The role will require that volunteers provide emotional and practical support to a family that they are carefully matched to.
Home-Start Bromley provides volunteer parental support to families with the London of Bromley and Lewisham area with at least one child under 5. Mentors typically provide 2-3 hours support a week, for which full training is provided, as well as ongoing support.
Although volunteers typically provide a home visiting service during Covid-19 support is delivered via telephone or zoom, we also introducing support models that incorporates social distancing.
Who can volunteer?
We are looking for volunteers who are themselves parents, grandparents, or foster carers, who have experience of parenting. The role may also be useful for those who would like to go into a career in social work, counselling or other health and social care profession.
We are looking for both men and women.
We asked that volunteers are able to commit to the training involved, as well 2- 3 hours a week over at least 6 months to support a family.
All volunteers will be required to complete a DBS check.
Will I receive training and support as a volunteer?
In return for volunteering, we will provide all the training, guidance and support you need to be effective and make a real difference. You will need to complete our core 40 hour preparation training course which will give you an in depth understanding of the role and expectations.
Once you have completed our core training, you will also be involved in ongoing CPD training as well as supervision sessions with the family co-ordinator. It is very important to us that all volunteers receive adequate training before starting to work with families.
All volunteers undertake a free high quality Preparation Course.
Once you have completed the training you will be matched with a family. Throughout your time with Home-Start you will you are not left on your own, our Family Co-ordinator will keep in close contact – initially by telephone after the first couple of visits to the family, and then 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.ore information. The 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.
As a volunteer what type of support will I be provided?
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. By visiting a family in their own home and offering friendship, Home-Start volunteers represent a lifeline for many families who are finding it hard to cope.
What are the benefits of volunteering?
- 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.
- You will be involved in on-going training – enhancing personal and skills development
- Improved health and well-being
- Improve transferable skills and enhance work prospects
- Improve self-confidence