Become a trained volunteer home-start helper for local families in need of support
Home-Start North West Kent, funded by Big Lottery, is a unique multicultural provision offering trained home visiting volunteer parents to families with at least one pre-school child. In order to give children the best possible start in life, parents are supported as they grow in confidence, strengthen and enjoy relationships, then engage with their local community.
Home-Start North West Kent objectives:
Home-Start Kent has a 30 year old service is parent-to-parent weekly home visiting support, helping parents with pre-school child/children isolated due to depression, special needs, previous domestic abuse, multiple children, new to country, teen parenting or family breakdown.
Parents are visited by fully trained volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, ages and life experiences. Staff visit every family referred (150 per year) to discuss their needs and explain the Home-Start service – then ‘match’ a volunteer according to life experience, personality, location etc.
The volunteer (personally introduced by staff) then home visit weekly for 2-3 hours, to listen, build confidence, and accompany the parents out into community if necessary.
Families can be supported for a year, slowly building trust, confidence and self esteem, often of both parents and children.
There are 60 active volunteers at any one time, with regular training sessions. This year’s Spring course begins Wednesday 6th May – and the Autumn one Tuesday 6th October.
One particular scheme (one of 200 nationwide) is multi-cultural, with 18 languages within our volunteer team, and In addition to home visiting volunteer support, we offer groups where families can support each other.
Home-Start provides Summer outings and Christmas parties thanks to regular local donations which both parents and children love.
We also distribute donated clothes, equipment, toys, nappies and food to neediest families (including those with no recourse to public funds).
If you are interested in becoming a Home-Start helper then contact Debbie, Rosie or Paula on the number below. You really can make a difference.
01322 225 100
“It is a nice feeling when the door opens and the family are so pleased to see me. Knowing that just a few hours a week makes such a difference to someone makes being a be-friender so worthwhile.”
“I feel like an ‘honorary Grandma’ to the twins in the family I currently visit”
“I feel rewarded as I witness parents’ confidence grow. I receive back as much as I give.”