Being a volunteer

As a parent, you'll have the experience and understanding to support those families who need some extra help...your help.

All parents know that those early years before children go off to school are vital in a child's life. At Home-Start we believe parents have the key role in creating a secure childhood for their children.

We are looking for caring and committed people who could spare 2 to 3 hours a week to support a family in need. Our volunteers need to be friendly, approachable, trustworthy, and good listeners.

Home-Start Norwich has a good reputation within the Voluntary Sector, providing opportunities for volunteers to develop new skills, meet new people, feel valued and have fun.

Quick guide to becoming a Home-Start volunteer

  • You must be a parent or have parenting experience
  • You should have an understanding about the pressures of bringing up a family
  • You will have to attend our volunteer preparation course - half a day a week for 8 weeks
  • You will need to complete an enhanced disclosure and barring service check
  • You will be able to claim travel expenses during the training and while you support a family
  • You will be fully supported by our co-ordinators while you are visiting families
  • You will be invited to attend additional training and social events throughout the year

Thinking of volunteering?

If you are interested in finding out more please download a Volunteering Guide and/or an application pack below

Download Guide to Volunteering at Home-Start

Download Volunteer Application Pack

Information for existing volunteers

Download Volunteer diary sheet

Download Volunteer expenses form

If you are interested in volunteering for Home-Start Norfolk as a trustee or fund raiser...

Please see our Supporting Us page.


We are currently running our early Spring course, please get in touch if you are interested in volunteering for further details of our next one.

Call 01603 977040 to find out more.

Watch this Home-Start video to see just how volunteers change the lives of the families they support

Volunteering has given me a valuable chapter to my life, a new different experience which has been very rewarding

Home-Start volunteer



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