Early years Speech & Language Development Volunteer - Stockport

Home-Start HOST and the LENA Research Foundation are working with families across Oldham, Stockport and Tameside on the Home-Talk speech and language project. LENA stands for Language ENvironment Analysis – basically gathering data which will help families see how they can increase interactive talk with their young children. LENA is based on the belief that all parents have the ability to unlock their children’s potential. Talking with babies and young children is proven to be a key factor in early brain development and we know from research that a child’s brain is 80% developed by the age of 3. We also know that children who hear the most words often find it easier to get on at school, and even later on in life. Because early talk is so important for children, we’re hoping that Home-Talk will help provide parents and carers with valuable feedback, insights into how talking with children helps their development, and ideas to help them chat more with their baby.
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:

You’ll be matched with a family, who will be given a ‘word-counting’ vest for their child to wear – they’ll wear this for a full day, once a week. The vest contains a recorder which counts the numbers of words children are exposed to over a 16-hour period. It doesn’t record conversations or what is said, but counts the number of words, time spent chatting, and time watching TV.

Each week, we’ll generate a report from this recording, and you’ll visit the family to talk through it, support them to see what’s working well, and discuss how they might be able to increase the opportunities for early talk with their child.

Skill and Qualifications Required:

There are no required qualifications - this opportunity would be great for anyone with an interest in Speech & Language or Early years Development.

Areas of Interest: Children, Education, Families, Literacy
Opportunity suitable for: Indoor, Long term commitment, Older people, Short term commitment, University students
What activities will the volunteer do? Counselling, Mentoring, Providing advice
Skills gained in this role: Listening, 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, Automatic opening doors, Lift to other floors / step free access throughout 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