Volunteers are at the heart of Home-Start Redbridge. We depend on their skills, their time and their sharing of knowledge to support families, their willingness to act as trustees, raise funds and run a wide range of complementary family support activities. We know that their offer of help is different from that of a paid worker and this help is especially important for vulnerable and isolated parents. We aim to build recognition of the contribution of volunteers, developing their roles internally and externally.

By drawing in local volunteers and providing them with the backup and training needed to support families, the volunteers themselves grow in stature and in confidence. Many Home-Start Redbridge volunteers go on to further education and into employment. They often also build on their experiences with Home-Start Redbridge to develop other links in their local communities and to contribute generally as citizens.

Training is a vital part of preparing volunteers for Home-visiting and all volunteers must attend our Volunteer Preparation Course. The subjects dealt with on the course are both comprehensive and diverse and ensures that the volunteers are well prepared for the role they have undertaken. Home- Start volunteers derive great benefit from the ten week training course they participate in prior to volunteering. It instils confidence to a group of people that have spent time bringing up their own families and often do not realise they have a wealth of life experience to share with others.

Outcomes for Volunteers

  • Increased personal development
  • Increased confidence
  • Development of professional skills
  • Better access to future work opportunities
  • Increased sense of belonging in the community
  • Increased support networks

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Success and satisfaction stories from Home-Start Redbridge volunteers:

“All stories were submitted by Home-Start Redbridge volunteers. For confidentiality reasons there have been some minor changes, and some deletions made to fit with publication and printing needs. Grateful thanks to volunteers at Home-Start Redbridge for their contributions.”