Family Befriending Support - Tameside

As a Home-Start volunteer, you will be matched with a family who has at least one child under the age of 5. Our volunteers would usually visit their family at home for 2 hours every week and provide support tailored to the family's needs, however currently volunteers would provide telephone/video call support to families. The families we support face a wide range of issues, such as loneliness and isolation, ill health, depression, bereavement, relationship difficulties, multiple births, special needs, first time parenthood, domestic violence or disability. Our volunteers provide a sympathetic ear, and help with everyday activities - under normal circumstances this might be playing with the children, accompanying a family to the park or to a toddler group, or listening to a parent's concerns and offering support, reassurance and information. In the current situation our staff and volunteers are not carrying out in-person visits, so volunteers would be making a pre-arranged weekly voice or video call to a parent. It is essential that you can empathise with the challenges of parenthood and family life. For this reason, we ask that you must have 24-hour parenting experience, either as a parent, step-parent or foster carer. Our training and supervision for the foreseeable future will be carried out via video-conference.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

Telephone/video-calling a family on a regular basis (usually weekly), to provide support, reassurance and information.

Skill and Qualifications Required:

Empathy, talking to others, listening, experience of parenting.

Areas of Interest: Children, Crisis Support, Domestic violence, Families, Social care
Opportunity suitable for: Home, Indoor, Long term commitment, Older people, People seeking work, Other
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending, Mentoring, Providing advice, Support Work
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Organising, Talking to others, Teamwork
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: Clearly marked accessible parking spaces, Step free access clearly signposted into the building, Accessible toilets

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Home-Start Oldham, Stockport & Tameside
Organisation Profile: We are a local, independent charity operating in Oldham, Stockport & Tameside - one of 269 Home-Start schemes operating in the UK. At the heart of each Home-Start’s work are our home-visiting volunteers. Volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face by providing regular one-to-one emotional and practical support tailored to each family. A child’s early family life is vitally important in their development, and has a strong influence on their future life chances. Children who are raised in a stable, loving, family environment are more likely to have a positive and healthy future. Home-Start works because our volunteers are parents. They understand how hard it can be. They work alongside parents, in their own homes, to help them learn to cope with the stresses and strains of life and make sure they have the skills, confidence and strength they need to nurture their children. We also support families in groups, hold day trips and Christmas parties and help them to access local services, as well as lots of other support.
Charity number: 1135838