HELP SUPPORT A LOCAL FAMILY: BECOME A VOLUNTEER MENTOR WITH HOME-START THANET
If you are a parent or have experience working with children you can volunteer with us!
What We Do
Home-Start Thanet offers support and practical help to parents with children under 11 years of age. Our volunteer Mentors visit families at home to give them emotional, practical, confidential and informal support.
Home-Start Thanet supports parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationships with their children and widen their links with the local community.
Mentors can provide invaluable support to families by making weekly visits to the family in their own home, where their confidentiality and individuality can be respected.
Becoming a Mentor
You will first be invited to an informal coffee morning to meet others who are interested in volunteering with us, as well as members of the Home-Start Thanet staff team.
If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, you will then have a one-to-one meeting with a member of staff so that we can find out more about you and why you want to become a volunteer Mentor.
The next stage is the Course of Preparation or Induction Course. This is designed to prepare you to meet local families. During this period you will be asked to complete a DBS (police) check and supply us with 2 referees, in accordance with our recruitment policy.
Course of Preparation/Induction Course
This is currently run over 5 consecutive mornings and is timed to fit around school times. It will cover topics such as: What Home-Start is About; The Role of the Mentor; Values and Attitudes; Child Protection/Safeguarding; and Listening Skills. On completion of the course you will have an end of course interview. After this, following a satisfactory DBS and references, you will be ready to meet your first family.
What is Involved?
Becoming a Mentor is an important step in helping and supporting a parent who may be experiencing a difficult time. As a Mentor you can provide invaluable help by offering a few hours of your time each week to commit to visiting a local family. After completing your Induction Course, you will usually be placed with at least one family. We are, however, sensitive to your own commitments and can work around these.
You will be introduced to the family by a member of staff, who will ensure you have full knowledge of the family's situation and their need for support. Offering 2-4 hours of your time per week (Mon-Fri), you will build up a trusting relationship with the family, enabling them to make positive changes.
Families are referred to us for a variety of reasons including: isolation; depression; demands of children; financial issues or because they are feeling low and unable to cope with everyday issues.
The support you offer will depend on what the family's need are, whether it is to be a listening ear, a practical or emotional support, or to provide guidance with parenting.
What We Offer You
Our Course of Preparation/Induction Course is an excellent way to build skills and knowledge of working in the community.
We also offer:
We also pay all out-of-pocket expenses.
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For additional information on the areas we cover and the range of services we provide please contact us or call us on 01843 609665.