Can you volunteer with us and help make a difference to children's lives?
At Home-Start, we know that being a parent isn't always easy and that life can bring stress and challenges that get in the way of an enjoyable family time.
To help parents give their children the best start we offer a unique confidential family support service.
We recruit volunteers from all communities and backgrounds in the city to visit families at home during a time in which the family is experiencing difficulties. They offer parents their time and support to help them grow in confidence and increase their ability to cope and build better lives for their children and themselves.
Our volunteers are very carefully recruited and are all people who understand the demands of being a parent and bring care, kindness and understanding to their role.
The Home-Start approach has a proven, lasting, positive impact on the development of children and the health and well-being of the family.
It is with great regret that, following government and HSUK advice to minimise social contact, we have taken the decision to postpone our home-visiting support at this time.
Instead staff and some volunteers will be offering telephone, email support to families.
Volunteers will continue to receive support from co-ordinators over the telephone, by email or text.
Coronavirus will place the greatest strain on families who are already vulnerable, including those already isolated, facing financial hardship and mental health challenges.
Home-Start Leeds have secured the IIV for another 3 years (Oct 2019 - Oct 2022). We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that was involved and a big special thank you to our volunteers who came in and spoke with the assessor.
Here are some quotes from some of our volunteers and their experiences with volunteering with Home-Start;
"I changed careers through volunteering with home-Start Leeds, did an NVQ, got great experience and now I'm a Mental Health Nurse; Volunteering is such a contrast with my work"