Home Visiting Volunteers

Our volunteers, who visit parents at home, giving emotional and practical help, are the heart of our charity. With parenting experience themselves, they go through a training programme and have an enhanced criminal records check before they are matched with a family.

All our volunteers complete a 10 week / 40 hour volunteer training preparation course before starting to visit families.  In addition volunteers can choose to get the course accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) by completing a few written assignments.

If you are interested in joining us for this course and becoming a volunteer for Home-Start North Dorset, download our Volunteer Application Form.

Our volunteers find the experience of supporting a family rewarding. Many volunteers find that confidence in their own skills is boosted and that it helps them on the path to further education or work.

Would I Make a Good Home-Visiting Volunteer?

All of our volunteers are parents themselves or have had substantial parenting experience. As such our volunteers understand the challenges of family life.

Our volunteers need to be able to offer 2-3 hours of their time, regularly each week and have some spare time to attend support meetings. We ask that volunteers make a year’s commitment to the scheme.

We will offer you a full training programme so that you feel confident to take on the role of a Home-Start visitor. The training covers such issues as what it is like to visit a family, confidentiality, safeguarding children, child development and play.  If you choose, the training can lead to a formal qualification through the Open College Network (OCN).

We feel that it is important for volunteers not to be out of pocket whilst doing voluntary work. We will cover all travelling expenses however unfortunately we are unable to reimburse any child-care costs.

Once you have started visiting as a volunteer you will be well supported in your role. Trained and professional organisers are on hand to offer support and help with any issues. You will also be invited to attend support meetings where you will have the opportunity to meet other volunteers and discuss issues.

Download your Volunteer Expenses Form here.

Download your Volunteer Diary here.


Home-Start North Dorset is governed by a group of friendly Trustees who are all unpaid volunteers who come from a range of backgrounds and communities across North Dorset.

Trustees work in partnership with staff and volunteers to support families and to give children the best start in life.

Roles and responsibilities are defined, through Home-Start UK training, to make sure Trustees have the necessary qualities, skills and knowledge to govern effectively and responsibly ensuring that legal and financial obligations are met.

We are always keen to hear from people who are interested in supporting our organisation by becoming an Advisor or Trustee.  If you would like to know more about who we are please click here.


Home-Start North Dorset is a self-funded charity.  We work in partnership with Home-Start UK but are responsible for raising all our own funds to run the charity.

We are always interested in anyone who would like to help us with fundraising. From sponsored events to coffee mornings, our fundraising initiatives are always looking for volunteers.

Anyone can take part.  If you would like help fundraise for Home-Start North Dorset please contact us for details or ideas.

Help in the Office

You don’t need to be on the Management Board to help us with events or in the office. If you have some spare time or if you are a younger person who would like to have some voluntary work experience on your CV, please contact us.

We can always find you something worth doing while you are looking for long-term employment! And you will find it rewarding to know that not only are you promoting our cause for families, but improving you own prospects having given your time to voluntary work.

Registered Office: Office 2, The Exchange, Old Market Hill,
Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 1FH.