Family Support Volunteer

Would you like to help parents give their children the best start in life? Home-Start volunteers give emotional and practical support to families in need in Southwark and Lewisham.

What You'll Do: 

The families Home-Start support could be experiencing a range of issues including: mental health issues; disability; special educational needs; illness; isolation as a result of being newly arrived in the UK or new to the borough as a result of fleeing domestic abuse; overcrowding; or multiple births. As a Home-Start volunteer you will:

  •  Visit families in their homes for two hours once a week for approximately six months.
  •  Provide emotional and practical support to help build parents confidence and resilience, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links with the local community.
  •  Help a family access a local playgroup or park, playing with a young child or providing a listening ear to a lonely parent.   
Why You'll Love It: 

While volunteering with Home-Start Southwark our volunteers receive:

  • A free 7-day Volunteer Preparation Course covering all aspects of Family Support.
  • A high quality ongoing training programme often run by experts in fields such as Mental Health, Domestic Abuse, Autism.
  • Regular support and supervision.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses.
  • References after volunteering.
What You'll Learn: 


  • ​Our volunteers have the opportunity to develop valuable skills and experience in working with families which they can use for career development or further studies.
  • They meet like-minded members of their community and they experience the boost to wellbeing and self-esteem that comes from helping others and being part of a friendly, caring organisation.


What We're Looking For: 

We are looking for someone who can tick some or all of the below:​

  • Is understanding and supportive.
  • Wants to help local families who are going through difficult times.
  • Can commit to attend our Volunteer Preparation Course (one 4-hour session per week for 7 weeks).
  • Can spare 2-3 hours a week on a regular basis.
  • Can travel to families in the Borough of Southwark and/or Lewisham.
  • Can speak other languages, as some of the families we work with do not have English as their first language (non essential).
Social Care
United Kingdom
26 Weeks Minimum
2 Hours / Week
Skills you will develop: 
Active listening
Cultural Awareness
Relevant interests: 
Charity / Nonprofit
Health, Wellness and Fitness
DBS check
Over 18 years old
Phone Interview

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