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Childhood is precious, by joining our volunteer army, you’ll be helping to give children across Greater Manchester the childhood they deserve.  

If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer, complete our Volunteer Enquiry form by clicking on the button below or call our offices directly on 0161 865 4222

If you are ready to apply to become a volunteer for us, then please fill in the Volunteer Application form by clicking on the button below, or if you’d like to receive a paper application call our offices directly on 0161 865 4222

On this page, you will find out more about the role of being a Home-Start volunteer and hear from some of our current volunteers on why they give their time to us and why they want to support local parents and their children. 

Home-Start is one of Greater Manchester’s leading family support charities.
For almost 30 years, local Home-Start volunteers have been offering emotional and practical support to families.
Why? Because parenting can be hard for so many reasons. From dealing with poverty and isolation to poor mental health and relationship breakdowns. All these issues can affect a parent’s ability to cope.

And this is where Home-Start steps in.

Our volunteers who live in our local communities offer a mixture of practical and emotional, non-judgemental support, for however long a family needs them. More than anything, our volunteers are there as a regular, friendly face, an extra pair of hands and a shoulder to cry on. Could this be you? 

Then take a look at our quick guide to becoming a Home-Start volunteer 

A quick guide to becoming a Home-Start visiting volunteer

  • You must be a parent or have parenting experience
  • As a Home-Start volunteer you will support a family by visiting them at home for around two to three hours once a week
  • You should be able to commit at least one year of your time to Home-Start
  • You should have a non-judgmental attitude and understand about the pressures of bringing up a family
  • You will have to attend our free Volunteer Preparation Course with other new volunteers before meeting your first family
  • Expenses are paid during training and while you support a family
  • You must understand that your support for families is completely confidential
  • You will have to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check
  • You will meet regularly with, and be supported by, a Home-Start Co-ordinator during the time you are visiting families

Watch our film- Putting Families First to see how our volunteers impact on the lives of parents and children across Greater Manchester.