Host Organisation: Home-Start Cheshire

Family mentoring and support - home visiting Family Mentor volunteer

Opportunity Interests: Children and Young People, Families, People with Disabilities, People with Drug & Alcohol Issues, People with Learning Disabilities, People with Mental Health Issues, Voluntary and Community Sector Support, Women
Type of Activity: Befriending, Fundraising, Support / Care Work
Location: Alderley Edge, Alsager, Bollington, Cheshire East, Congleton, Crewe, Disley, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Middlewich, Nantwich, Poynton, Sandbach, Wilmslow, Outside of Cheshire East
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Monday AM, Monday PM, Monday EVE, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Tuesday EVE, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM, Wednesday EVE, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Thursday EVE, Friday AM, Friday PM, Friday EVE, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday AM, Sunday PM

Once trained you will be matched with a family who has at least one child under 5, who is experiencing some kind of difficulty and has asked for some family support.
You will visit the family each week for up to 3 hours to give them some practical help and / or emotional support as previously agreed by the family and the coordinator from Home-Start.
You could be doing things like playing with children whilst mum / dad gets their household chores done, helping with shopping, budgeting, cooking or going out with the family to access children's activities or doctors / hospital appointments etc.
You will be given initial and ongoing training and will receive plenty of support from your Home-Start coordinator whilst you are matched with a family.
In return you will become part of an established team with an excellent track record of making a real difference for families. We will pay your travel expenses and you will be gaining excellent experience supporting families.

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: Yes
Skills and Qualifications Required:

Parenting experience; a caring and friendly personality

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?: No
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: Yes
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

45p per mile for travel expenses (fuel)
or reimbursement of busfares

What support is available for the volunteer?:

Ongoing face to face and telephone support as well as regular group support events. Help and advice with career advancement.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Initial induction training. One day per week for 6 weeks (compulsory)
Also ongoing training opportunities every 2/3 months, half a day on a wide range of topics (optional)