Volunteer Befrienders visit a family they are matched to every week and offer practical help and emotional support. Families may be experiencing difficulties due to a large number of children under 5, twins, post natal illness, depression, disability, isolation or many other issues. We ask volunteers to commit for about 2 years as we may well support a family for that length of time. Volunteers get an enormous amount out of belonging to Home-Start East Lothian! They gain worthwhile experience, feel a sense of purpose, are valued as part of a team, received expenses, regular support and supervision and ongoing training. They will have fun with a family and enjoy the social element of Home-Start as well. Many volunteers have included their volunteering experience in their CV's and this has been a stepping stone to further opportunities and employment.
Ideally potential volunteers need to have some parenting experience but not all our volunteers are parents. We are looking for people with good listening skills, open minded, flexible, a sense of humour and understanding a families need when stressed
EAST LOTHIAN WIDE
|Maximum Age||Not Supplied|
|Available During School Holidays||Yes|
|Available During Termtime||Yes|
2-3 hrs per week - we ask that a volunteer can commit to the scheme for about 2 years but we fully understand sometimes your own life gets in the way of this timescale.
We offer all our volunteers a 10 week training programme which ideally prepares for you supporting a family as a volunteer. Ongoing support and training is offered throughout your time with Home-Start.
Expenses paid monthly - 40pence per mile mileage/cost of public transport