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Volunteering Opportunity: VO93787

  • Home visiting Volunteer
    with Home-Start Kirkcaldy.

    Created/last updated: 27/04/2023

    About this opportunity:Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times
     •  Many parents need help, friendship, and support when their children are young, perhaps because they are isolated with no family support; struggling with the emotional/physical demands of young children; experiencing post-natal depression; coping with their child's ill health or disability
     •  As a home-visiting volunteer you will be matched with a local family who you will visit at home each week for 2-3 hours
     •  They might be new to the area, have children with additional needs, have health issues, lack confidence
     •  Taking the lead from the family you will support them with what will help them most on the day - getting out & about, going to appointments, help with shopping, talking & listening
     •  By building up a supportive relationship you will help the parents gain confidence and make a difference in the children's lives
    Takes place:
    Minimum age:16
    Maximum age:100
    Training provided:All volunteers must complete a preparation course. This is a mixture of online modules to do in their own time and four 2-hour face-to-face group sessions. Once a volunteer is matched with a family, they have supervision sessions with a coordinator every 4-6 weeks. Regular on-going training is offered on relevant topics and volunteer meet-ups with speakers from local organisations are organised. Volunteers can also access online training via Home-Start UK.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - Home start reimburse bus fares and pay 45p per mile car mileage. Usually paid monthly but can pay more often if required

    Experience required:Volunteers should ideally have parenting experience (does not necessarily mean they should be parents themselves, they may have helped bring up siblings, step-children etc) Volunteers should be non-judgemental, good listener, flexible and reliable.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; Informal Chat; PVG membership required; References

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsHome Start support families in Kirkcaldy, Kinghorn, Burntisland & Cardenden. Volunteers have a say in what area they wish to work in and non-drivers will be matched with a family they can get to easily by public transport.

    Saltire AwardThis opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.