Home-Start Oxford, Blackbird Leys Youth and Community Centre, Blackbird Leys Road,
Oxford OX4 6HW Company number 5375011 Charity number 1108612
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No special qualifications are necessary to become a Home-Start volunteer, but volunteers
are usually parents or grandparents with an interest in, and experience of, young
children and family life. We welcome volunteers from all sections of the community.
Volunteers attend a short preparation course, usually weekly sessions over 5-6 weeks.
The course, which is free, covers topics such as child development, child protection,
mental health awareness, welfare rights, communications skills and confidentiality.
Courses are held several times a year in Oxford and Bicester, at days and times to
suit the group attending. During the preparation course you will have the chance
to develop your own skills, and deepen your insights into family life. Such understanding
could be valuable for those considering a career in community or social care.
After the preparation course we ask you to make a regular commitment to visit a family
in their own home for about three hours each week. The emphasis is on friendship,
which could involve sharing difficulties and anxieties or giving practical support.
Volunteer workshops are held at regular intervals to provide an opportunity for mutual
support, ongoing training and discussions on Home-Start issues.
You will receive regular one to one support from the
Co-ordinators – our aim is that no volunteer should ever feel they are working in
isolation and without backup.
Autumn Preparation Course is starting on Tuesday 24th September 2013, and will be
held at The Kidlington Baptist Church. This course will end on the 3rd December at
our AGM with the presentation of certificates for the completion of the course.
Become a volunteer
“She was just the right volunteer for me, she gently motivated me to do things and
was such a great person to talk to – although she was there for all of us, I considered
it my time.”