Volunteer

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.

Trustees

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.

Fundraisers

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.

Home Start North Dorset Training Plan 2018

VOLUNTEERS ONLY

VOLUNTEERS & FAMILIES WELCOME

Please contact the office direct to book your space

On 01258 473038 or office@home-start-northdorset.co.uk

 

Outcome Title Date and venue Objectives
Ensure ALL volunteers have a good awareness of issues of mental health and wellbeing Mental Health Awareness

With Guest Speaker Lily De Roberto CBT Therapist /Senior CBT lead Dorset Health Care

Thursday 18th January 9.30am – 1pm

Chivrick Room,                  The Exchange, Sturminster Newton

 

 

·Raise awareness of types of MH issues faced by families

·Increase understanding of impact of MH issues on children

·Increase understanding of recognition of MH difficulties

·Increase knowledge of useful actions and interventions

   Domestic Abuse Awareness Workshop

 

FULLY BOOKED

Friday 2nd February,   10am-3.30pm 

Blandford Children’s Centre, Black Lane, Blandford Forum. DT11 8SW

 

·What is ICEP?

·Understanding Safeguarding.

·Understanding Domestic abuse.

·Coercive control, stalking and harassment.

·Legal orders and signposting.

  Introduction to Autism

FULLY BOOKED

Tuesday 6th March 9.30am – 12.30pm

Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Gillingham

 
  Understanding Self Esteem Tuesday 6th March 1pm – 4pm

Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Gillingham

 
  Drugs & Addiction Tuesday 13th March 9.30am – 12.30pm

Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Gillingham

 
  Assertiveness Tuesday 13th March 1pm – 4pm

Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Gillingham

 
Increase awareness of volunteers on the impact of rural isolation Rural isolation  and the role of Home Start Thursday 15th March

9.30am – 1pm

Chivrick Room,                  The Exchange, Sturminster Newton

·Raise awareness of the effects of rural isolation on families

·Increase knowledge on possible interventions to reduce isolation

  Understanding Anger Tuesday 22nd  March 9.30am – 12.30pm

Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Gillingham

 
  Communicating with Teenagers Tuesday 22nd March 1pm – 4pm

Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Gillingham

 
  Dads as Primary Carers Tuesday 27th March 9.30am – 12.30pm

Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Gillingham

 
  Stress, Anxiety & Depression Tuesday 27th March 1pm – 4pm

Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Gillingham

 
Increase volunteer understanding of causes and prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome ( SIDS) Lullaby Trust: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – advice on safer sleeping for babies Tuesday 24th April

10am – 1pm

West Dorset Home Start Offices, Poundbury, Dorchester

·Equip volunteers with up to date information on advice to be given to prevent SIDS

·Increase understanding of causes of SIDS

·Increase knowledge on local support for families affected buy SIDS

  Introduction to Autism Tuesday  5th June 9.30am – 12.30pm

Blandford Adult Learning Centre

  Understanding Self Esteem Tuesday 5th June  1pm – 4pm

Blandford Adult Learning Centre

  Drugs & Addiction Tuesday 12th June  9.30am – 12.30pm

Blandford Adult Learning Centre

  Assertiveness Tuesday 12th June  1pm – 4pm

Blandford Adult Learning Centre

Volunteers are equipped to support families in preparing children for school Big Hopes Big Futures  – preparing children and their parents for school or pre-school Thursday 14th June

9.30am – 1pm

Chivrick Room,

The Exchange, Sturminster Newton

 

·Equip volunteers with knowledge of how to prepare children for school

·Raise awareness of the impact of school readiness on child development

Understanding Anger Tuesday 19th June 9.30am – 12.30pm

Blandford Adult Learning Centre

Communicating with Teenagers Tuesday 19th June 1pm – 4pm

Blandford Adult Learning Centre

Dads as Primary Carers Tuesday 26th June 9.30am – 12.30pm

Blandford Adult Learning Centre

Stress, Anxiety & Depression Tuesday 28th June 1pm – 4pm

Blandford Adult Learning Centre

Ensure ALL volunteers have a good awareness of issues of mental health and wellbeing Mental Health Awareness

With Guest Speaker Lily De Roberto CBT Therapist /Senior CBT lead Dorset Health Care

Thursday 6th September

9.30am – 1pm

Chivrick Room,                  The Exchange, Sturminster Newton

 

 

·Raise awareness of types of MH issues faced by families

·Increase understanding of impact of MH issues on children

·Increase understanding of recognition of MH difficulties

·Increase knowledge of useful actions and interventions

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