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Becoming a volunteer

We need you!

We are always looking to recruit new volunteers, if you are a parent or have extensive parenting experience and have 2 hours to spare each week we would like to hear from you. We welcome people from all backgrounds as we work with a diverse range of families residing across the Borough of Corby.

As a Home-Start volunteer you will visit children and their families in their own homes for up to 2 hours per week offering befriending, listening and practical support and sign posting to community services available to them. This is a very rewarding role which really can make a difference to a family when they are finding the early years of parenting challenging. If you feel you have good practical skills and are a very good listener then we would be very interested to hear from you.

In return for your commitment we will offer a comprehensive Preparation Course introducing you to the role, reimburse all out of pocket expenses and also cover any travel costs to enable you to visit your families using Home-Start as a base. The preparation course is very informal and gives volunteers the opportunity to find out more about the project and what their role will be. The coordinators run the course and invite outside speakers such as Family Support workers, Health Visitors and Social Workers in to discuss their role.

Tracy (Volunteer) "I enjoy sharing ideas and tips as to how to make family life easier"

Helen (Family) "Having a volunteer is a life line I was very anxious before but now I go to groups and get out to meet other parents my volunteer is great"


What Next?

If you are interested in volunteering ay Home-Start Corby, please contact the office, where we be happy to discuss this further. We look forward to hearing from you!    




Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q - Do I need any formal qualifications? A - No. We ask that all our volunteers have parenting experience and some spare time available to support local families.
  • Q - How much time will it take up? A - The minimum requirement is two hours per week at a time convenient for both yourself and the family.
  • Q - Will I receive any training? A - Yes, all new volunteers must attend our preparation course, which will equip you with the information you need to get started. We also have a programme of ongoing training for volunteers throughout the year.
  • Q - Will I get paid expenses? A - Yes, we pay out of pocket expenses.
  • Q - What support will I receive A - Individual telephone and face to face support by your coordinator or Manager as and when needed. Volunteers can contact their coordinator at any time to discuss any concerns they may have.



 Registered Charity Number: 1109674 Company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales No: 5383923. Patron: HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, KG, GCVO. Local Patron: Mrs James Saunders Watson. 
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