Volunteer

Family Support Volunteer

Family Support Volunteer

(We’re currently recruiting for Family Support Volunteers – 11/12/2016)

As a parent you’ll know just how tough it can sometimes be.  Did you often long to have someone to confide in or just have a chat with?

Our carefully trained volunteers, who all have experience of bringing up children, 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.

Having a friend can be one of the most enriching and supportive relationships in a person’s life … and it can easily be taken for granted. At Home-Start Wirral we value friendship.
There are 168 hours in a week…can you spare 3?

Will I be the right sort of person to support a family?

Home-Start volunteers are all ages and from all walks of life. All that we ask of you is that you have experience of bringing up children and can spare between two and four hours a week.

What will visiting a family involve?

This varies. You could spend time with a young parent, helping to build their confidence as they adapt to life with a small baby, or share an outing with a family who finds getting out of the house difficult. The visits might involve offering an extra pair of hands to a family with several children or providing a listening ear to a mother who is suffering from postnatal illness.

Being a Home-Start volunteer means offering friendship to parents and spending time with families in a way that meets their needs.

What will I gain from being a Home-Start volunteer?

  • Work can be accredited by the Open College Network
  • 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 through ongoing monthly training, and have some wonderful experience to add to your CV
  • Out of pocket expenses will be paid

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Volunteer

(We’re currently recruiting for Breastfeeding Volunteers – 11/12/2016)

As a mum you’ll know just how tough it can sometimes be.  Did you often long to have someone to support you through breastfeeding or just ask a few questions?

Our carefully trained volunteers, who all have experience of breastfeeding, give free emotional and guidance to help to any new mum, living in the Wirral area. By communicating with the family in their own home, at hospital, groups and over the phone, Home-Start volunteers represent a lifeline for many mums who are finding it hard to cope.

We have a ‘Breastfeeding Course of Preparation’ for new volunteers  starting on Tuesday 17th January 2017, 9:30am -2:30pm, taking place at Mencap Wirral, Market Street, Birkenhead. If you have breastfed for a minimum of 3 months and are interested in helping other breastfeeding mums, then please get in touch for more information or to book a place on the course.

Having a friend can be one of the most enriching and supportive relationships in a person’s life … and it can easily be taken for granted. At Home-Start Wirral we value friendship.
There are 168 hours in a week…can you spare 3?

breastfeeding

Will I be the right sort of person to support a breastfeeding mum?

Home-Start volunteers are all ages and from all walks of life. All that we ask of you is that you have experience of breastfeeding and can spare a few hours a week.

What will supporting a breastfeeding mum involve?

You will be offering information and support around breastfeeding during pregnancy and once baby arrives. This will be client centred support on the hospital wards, in the home and on the telephone. We will be promoting a welcoming atmosphere in the community , working alongside midwives, Health Visitors and other Health professionals as part of Wirral’s Maternity Services.

What will I gain from being a Home-Start volunteer?

  • Work can be accredited by the Open College Network
  • Breastfeeding Network’s Helper Course
  • Unicef Baby Friendly Training
  • Hospital Induction
  • 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 babies
  • 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 through ongoing monthly training, and have some wonderful experience to add to your CV
  • Out of pocket expenses will be paid

I’m not a parent, can I still get involved?

Unfortunately Home-Start Wirral have a strict policy that volunteers need to have at least 3 months experience in breastfeeding.

The Hub

Group Volunteer

(We’re currently recruiting for Group Volunteers – 11/12/2016)

Group volunteers are part of a special team that provide creative and stimulating play opportunities for children with additional needs in a safe environment. Volunteers are involved in all aspects of the session for setting up, delivering the session activities, encouraging children to play, talking with parents and cleaning up once the session finishes ready for the next group.

Our carefully trained volunteers, who all have experience of working with children, give free emotional and practical support to children with the group sessions. Home-Start volunteers represent a lifeline for many families who are finding it hard to cope with being a parent, the sessions are often a welcome break for parents and siblings.

Having a friend can be one of the most enriching and supportive relationships in a person’s life … and it can easily be taken for granted. At Home-Start Wirral we value friendship.
There are 168 hours in a week…can you spare a morning or an afternoon a week?

twins_girl_drinking

Will I be the right sort of person to support children with additional needs?

Home-Start volunteers are all ages and from all walks of life. All that we ask of you is that you have experience of working with children in groups, that your agile enough to play with energetic children and can spare at least a morning or an afternoon a week.

What will being a volunteer involve?

Volunteers will work as a team to follow the activity session plan. This will involve preparing the session (i.e. preparing food, setting up arts & crafts, toys), meeting and greeting parents, helping children to play with toys, take part in activities, challenging behavior, cleaning up after the session and tidying away.

Being a Home-Start volunteer means offering friendship to parents and spending time with families in a way that meets their needs.

What will I gain from being a Home-Start volunteer?

  • Work towards a qualification in childcare
  • 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 through ongoing monthly training, and have some wonderful experience to add to your CV
  • Out of pocket expenses will be paid

I’m not a parent, can I still get involved?

Yes you can still get involved but you will need to have some experience with groups of children.

Charity Shop

Charity Shop Volunteer

(We’re currently recruiting for Charity Shop Volunteers – 11/12/2016)

Charity Shop volunteers are a crucial part of the Home-Start volunteer team. They’re dedicated to raising funds to support  families that Home-Start Wirral work with. This is by by selling items of clothing, homeware, toys, books, games, music, dvds and collectors items in Claughton Village, Wirral.

Will I be the right sort of person to volunteer at a charity shop?

Home-Start volunteers are all ages and from all walks of life. All that we ask of you is that your a great team player, reliable, punctual, make customers feel welcome and can spare at least a morning or an afternoon a week.

What will being a volunteer involve?

Volunteers will work as a team to follow the charity shop task rota. This will involve preparing the shop for opening (i.e. cleaning, tidying, steaming clothes, arrangement), replenishing stock on the shop floor, sorting stock for the shop floor, window dressing, cash handling, welcoming customers, and helping close the shop at the end of the day.

 

Being a Home-Start volunteer means offering friendship to parents and spending time with families in a way that meets their needs.

What will I gain from being a Home-Start volunteer?

  • Work towards a qualification in retail or customer service (Optional)
  • Retail experience and customer service skills.
  • 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 through ongoing monthly training, and have some wonderful experience to add to your CV
  • Out of pocket expenses will be paid

I’m not a parent, can I still get involved?

Yes you can still get involved.

Group Support

Group Support Volunteer

(We’re currently recruiting for Group Support Volunteers – 11/12/2016)

 

groupblocks

 

 

Group support volunteers are part of a special team working around our Home-Play services. Volunteers can work with families in their own home over a six week period. The role is similar to that of a family support volunteer, with an emphasis on child development and play.

 

 

Our carefully trained volunteers, who have experience working with children, give free emotional and practical support to children within various  group sessions. These may also include groups run by the Home-Play project, such as ‘Stay and Play’ in both the Beechwood and Rockferry areas, ‘School Readiness’ or even ‘Baby Discovery’ groups.

‘Group Support’ gives volunteers the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of different, continually changing projects.

Will I be the right sort of person to support children with additional needs?

Home-Start volunteers are all ages and from all walks of life. All that we ask of you is that you have experience of working with children in groups, that you are agile enough to play with energetic children and can spare at least a morning or an afternoon a week.

What will being a volunteer involve?

Volunteers will work as a team to follow the session activity plan. This will involve preparing the session (i.e. preparing food, setting up arts & crafts, toys), meeting and greeting parents, helping children to play with toys and taking part in activities. The role will also involve coping with challenging behavior and clearing away after the session has finished.

Being a Home-Start volunteer means offering friendship to parents and spending time with families in a way that meets their needs.

What will I gain from being a Home-Start volunteer?

  • Work towards a qualification in childcare
  • You will be helping families cope with difficult situations, making 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 through ongoing monthly training, and have some wonderful experience to add to your CV
  • Out of pocket expenses will be paid

Fundraiser

Volunteer Fundraiser

(We’re currently recruiting for Volunteer Fundraisers – 11/12/2016)

Friends of Home Start Wirral

Home-Start Wirral is looking for friends. We want you to help us to raise funds. Unfortunately it is becoming increasingly difficult to raise the funds needed to continue our work. We need individuals/businesses whose interests are consistent with those of Home-Start Wirral and whose objectives are to collect/raise money and raise awareness to support the activities of the organisation.

Do you work for a company that offers fund matching for charitable events? Schemes like this can literally double any funds raised.

What would fundraising involve?piggy_banktransparent

Fundraising can take many forms and is only limited by your imagination. We are always happy to offer help and support to individuals or companies looking to hold fundraising events on our behalf. From tea parties to quiz nights to sponsored walks, there are many ways to raise funds to support our work. If you have any great ideas about fundraising events we would love to hear from you.

Corporate Sponsorship.

Corporate sponsorship can brings many benefits to a company and even small donations can make a big difference to our scheme. If your company would like to contribute to the work of Home-Start Wirral we would love to hear from you! We would also be happy to come and speak to your staff about the role we play and how they could help.  Companies can sponsor special events such as Christmas parties or our summer trips. They can also make unrestricted donations, which we put towards our core work.‎

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 through ongoing monthly training, and have some wonderful experience to add to your CV
  • Out of pocket expenses will be paid

Trustee

Home-Start Trustee

(We’re currently recruiting for Trustee Volunteers – 11/12/2016)

trusteefinal

 

 

 

Trustees serve on the governing body (board) of a charity and are responsible for directing the management and administration of the charity. They have a wide range of duties and are responsible for making the charity effective, providing overall direction and maintaining sound management of funds.

 

 

 

 

 

The Family Representative Trustee sits on the Board to provide some much needed insight into the work we do because they themselves will have received support from Home-Start.

What would my commitment be as a Home-Start Trustee?

The Board of Trustees meet bi-monthly, 6 times a year. They volunteer their time and skills for free, providing valuable expertise on a wide range of subjects.

What skills are Home-Start Wirral looking for in a Trustee?

A wide range of abilities and experience are useful to an organisation such as Home-Start Wirral. These may include general business management, financial and business expertise, IT knowledge, human resources experience, PR and media skills, along with a knowledge of family support issues in the community.

What will I gain from being a Home-Start volunteer?

  • Being involved with your community and knowing you are making 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 enhance and develop new skills through ongoing monthly training, and have some wonderful experience to add to your CV
  • Build confidence and provide many opportunities for personal development for future employment.
  • Out of pocket expenses will be paid

[/efstab]
[/efstabs]

Find out more about roles for people who are not parents here.

Contact us to find out more