Our volunteers are Agents of Change who are respected, valued and honoured in the Home-Start family. We are developing new and innovative programs in many areas around NSW, Victoria and throughout Australia, so if you have a little or a lot of time, skills or energy to share, contact us about becoming a volunteer, and help make a local family stronger.

You may be able to volunteer for one of the following: 

Personal Benefits for Volunteers include:

* An opportunity to assist a family and make a difference in a childs' life
* A personal sense of achievement
* Social contact and mental stimulation
* Increased awareness of issues facing families today
* Increased awareness of your local community
* A different perspective - 'another normal'

Professional Benefits for Volunteers:
* A positive contribution to your resume
          * Experience, particularly if interested or studying in the areas of child care,
            psychology, social work, education, nutrition and justice                                              

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Volunteer Home Visiting - volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to families with at least one child under school age where the parents are experiencing difficulty in their parenting roles or are under stress.

Volunteers are linked with a family to offer friendship and practical help to parents and their children and can reassure parents by helping them to build on their strengths, enhance their parenting skills and find pleasure in family life. They can also help isolated families to make friends, use community resources and help prevent family breakdown. Home-Start employs a paid coordinator to recruit, train, supervise and support volunteers and link them with a family whom they visit weekly in the family's own home. 

Volunteers, who are usually parents themselves, must attend a 10 week (1day/week) training program and undergo a screening process before being linked with a family.

What do I do next?

Call the centre nearest to you and speak to our friendly local Co-ordinator, to find out:
 * which programs are being held in or near your area
 * when the next Volunteer Preparation Course is being held
 * how your experience, skills and expertise can be of help

We look forward to hearing from you

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