Why volunteer

volunteer reading with two childrenReasons for volunteering

Volunteers give their time for many reasons:

  • To make a difference to a family’s life
  • Give something back to their local community
  • Return the support they once received from Home-Start
  • Share a similar experience
  • Boost their confidence
  • Prepare for returning to work or to progress their career
  • Because they have time to spare

Our volunteers get a lot out of helping children and families and often continue volunteering for a number of years.

Many of our volunteers have used their experience as a stepping stone to paid employment.

The difference volunteers make

Our volunteers play a vital role in releasing the potential of parents, and giving children the best possible start in life.  Our dedicated volunteers are making a real difference to the lives of children and families in communities across the UK.

Last year more than 90% of the families our volunteers had supported said they felt:

  • more involved in their children’s development
  • their children’s emotional and physical health and well being had improved
  • better able to manage their children’s behaviour
  • less isolated
  • less stressed
  • more able to cope with day-to-day running of the house
  • they were using local services more