Home-Start Suffolk Coastal - Could you be a Volunteer?
Home-Start Suffolk Coastal is a charity which provides support to families in the Suffolk Coastal and East Ipswich area. We support families who have at least one child under 5 and for whom life is an uphill struggle. Over the past year we have supported over 140 families for many different reasons including families where there is illness or disability, families experiencing mental health issues or feeling isolated and families who have twins or triplets.
Support is provided by volunteers who are parents themselves or have parenting experience. Before visiting a family, volunteers attend a preparation course to look at their own experiences and cover subjects such as child protection and local facilities for young families. They are then matched one to one with a family to offer whatever help is needed, a confidential listening ear, an extra pair of hands and eyes, time to spend with the children or support through a difficult time. All volunteers will have an enhanced DBS check.
Once matched with a family, volunteers receive ongoing support, training and expenses.
We offer either a one week course (Mon-Fri) or a course which is held one day a week over a 9 week period. Courses are run term time only.