Topic: News

Successful Preparation

Posted on December 2, 2018 - News, Volunteering, Volunteers

Congratulations are in order for an enthusiastic group of new volunteers, who have successfully completed the latest ‘Course of Preparation’.

Destined to offer support to families, the breastfeeding project or groups that operate from the Home-Start Hub, volunteers have completed a comprehensive ten week course, giving a fascinating insight into Home-Start Wirral and providing a firm foundation for the challenges that lie ahead.

A new ‘Course of Preparation’ begins on the 14th January 2019. If you, a friend or family member think this could be the volunteering opportunity you have been waiting for, give us a ring on 0151 608 8288 to find out more.

Administratve Assistant Vacancy

Posted on July 7, 2018 - News, Vacancy

Home-Start Wirral’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.

Home-Start is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families, through recruiting and training volunteers to provide Family Support, Breastfeeding Peer Support and Group Support for families with children with complex needs.

We are looking to recruit a confident and experienced Administrative Assistant to join our team.

Working hours will be Monday to Thursday 9.00am-3.00pm.

Part Time Administrative Assistant (24 hours per week)

Salary £10,920p.a.

  • Excellent IT and communication skills are essential
  • Provide general administrative support to the team
  • Ability to work off own initiative

Closing date: Tuesday 10th July 2018 – 12 noon (please note we do not accept CVs)

Interview Date: Friday 20th July 2018

Start Date: As soon as possible

If you have not heard by Monday 16th July 2018 your application has not been successful.

An application form, along with a detailed job description and our equal opportunities statement can be downloaded using the links below. Alternatively you may e-mail admin@homestartwirral.co.uk or give us a ring on 0151 608 8288.

< Application form download >

< Job description download >

< Equal opportunities statement download >

Due to the nature of this post one of the criteria for short listing will be that applicants demonstrate the skills needed to use emails, download materials and use word processing to complete the form. Therefore no hard copies of application packs will be available, and no handwritten forms will be shortlisted.

Home-Start Wirral is committed to equality of opportunity and diversity.

Can you make a difference?

Posted on April 28, 2018 - News, Volunteers

Here at Home-Start Wirral we passionately believe that it is parents that are key in creating the secure and nurturing environment that will allow their children to flourish.

Life can often be a challenge, and a little bit of help when it’s most needed can make all the difference, allowing families to build their confidence and make the right choices for their children.

Could you be a Home-Start family support volunteer, providing non-judgemental practical and emotional support in a family’s own home for 3 hours a week?

If you are a parent or grandparent and can commit to completing a 10 week training course one day a week, you could be taking the first step to an extremely rewarding role as a Home-Start family support volunteer.

There are two opportunities coming up for new volunteers to complete the 10 week course of preparation:

Course 1
Monday 30th April, 9:30am to 2:30pm, for 10 weeks.
Home-Start Hub, Woodchurch Lane
[No session on Monday 7th May (May Day bank holiday) and Monday 28th May (Half term week)]

Course 2
Tuesday 1st May, 9:30am to 2:30pm, for 10 weeks.
Training room above Morrisons, New Brighton
[No session on Tuesday 29th May (Half term week)]

To find out more or to discuss booking a place on one of the two courses, give one of our friendly team a ring on 0151 608 8288.

To find out about other volunteering opportunities with Home-Start Wirral, please click here.

Charity shop benefits from training opportunity

Posted on April 25, 2018 - News, Volunteering

Home-Start Wirral has always recognised the importance of quality training for its staff and volunteers.

Our shop in Claughton Village recently benefited from a training day targeted at increasing trading income.

Staff and volunteers joined forces, and enthusiastically took on board many tips and ideas to improve the presentation of the shop and make it more appealing to customers, as well as exciting ideas to increase our sales.

Regular training opportunities not only benefit Home-Start Wirral, but demonstrate our commitment to staff and volunteers, allowing everyone to learn new skills in retail.

Why not become our next volunteer! Benefit your local community, get to work in a lovely atmosphere and meet some fabulous people.

For more information give Mandy or Sue a ring on 0151 652 0020 or just pop into the shop, you will be made very welcome.

Energy Efficiency Awareness Training

Posted on March 25, 2018 - News, Volunteers

‘Family Support Coordinator’ Julie McGuinness, recently facilitated a valuable group support session with Neston volunteers. Dominic from ‘Energy Projects Plus’ delivered a two hour training session with volunteers, aimed at increasing their knowledge on energy efficiency, which can hopefully be passed on to families supported by Home-Start Wirral.

Energy Projects Plus is an independent not-for-profit organisation and a registered environmental charity, formed in 1995.

Their objective is to advance the education of the public about energy efficiency and other environmental initiatives, including the alleviation of fuel poverty. This is achieved by giving advice, raising awareness, and delivering training and educational work programmes to local communities.

For more information click here to view their website.

Little Movers With Rachel and Debbie

Posted on January 28, 2018 - News

 

Home-Start UK recently recognised Home-Start Wirral in their latest podcast.

How Home-Start Wirral has expanded their traditional home visiting support to meets the needs of the local community.

‘Little Movers’ is just one of the groups run by Home-Start Wirral, helping to support local families in ways that make a real difference, often providing a real lifeline when each day can be a struggle.

Despite these groups offering support in a different way to traditional home visiting, they maintain the culture of volunteering, giving volunteers an opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the community in which they live.

Rachel is a mum whose little boy attends the ‘Little Movers’ group for children with additional needs, Debbie is one of the volunteers at the group. In the podcast Rachel and Debbie explain the difference that Little Movers has made to them.

Click here to listen to the podcast and find out a little more.

Home-Start Wirral’s Community Shop

Posted on December 26, 2017 - Fundraising, News

Constantly looking for new ways to support families with young children, our latest initiative is in response to a growing realisation, that struggling financially is not something that only affects families reliant on benefits, but is increasingly affecting working families. Low wages and part time working means that many more families are falling into the poverty trap.

Our community shop is an attempt to reduce the weekly shopping bill for local families, making the purchase of essential items less of a burden on the weekly budget.

Currently operating on a very small scale, we are attempting to raise £3000 by the 8th January 2018, to develop this idea further. Sufficient space, storage and stock should allow us to develop this into a social supermarket, benefiting many struggling families in our local community.

If you want to find out more about our ‘Crowdfunder initiative, or feel perhaps that you are in a position to support us by making a donation, please click here.