Volunteer with us

At the heart of Home-Start is the belief that parents play the key role in giving their children the best start in life and that other parents have the experience and understanding to support those families who need help.

Who are Home-Start volunteers?

joinusOur volunteers are committed and caring people who offer their time freely.

They are usually parents themselves and bring with them personal experience, skills and knowledge of the resources available within their local area.

They are friendly and approachable and can be relied on and trusted by parents to listen without being judgemental, and to respect the needs of each individual family.

All volunteers…

  • Undertake a 6 week Foundation Course, which is accredited by Certa (formally the Open College Network) and usually takes place one day/evening a week. This fully prepares volunteers for their role.
  • Receive lots of support both during the Foundation course and after, when they are supporting  Home-Start families from a designated co-ordinator.
  • Can access additional training and social events throughout the year.
  • Receive all out of pocket expenses incurred whilst volunteering for Home-Start.

Upcoming courses

We have regular Foundation courses for new volunteers at locations in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham or Sheffield:

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Volunteer application pack

If you are interested in joining us as a volunteer please click on Apply to be a Volunteer or you can download and read these documents…

Application Letter 2014 (Word document)

Information leaflet (PDF document)

Person specification for a Home-Start volunteer (Word document)

Foundation course information (PDF document)

Guide to volunteering for Home-Start (PDF document)


Monitoring Form (PDF document)