Volunteer for Home-Start

By volunteering just a few hours each week you can transform the lives of young children and their parents in your community.

Be a Home-Start volunteer

Without volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. They give so much to the families and the organisation.

We depend on volunteers’:

  • skills, experience, and knowledge
  • generous gift of time
  • willingness to be flexible and do a variety of roles in Home-Start Bradford District.

Volunteers benefit from:

  • new skills, experience, and knowledge
  • improved knowledge of local services and local issues
  • raised awareness of the needs of families and communities
  • improved access to paid employment opportunities and a range of education opportunities
  • a sense of personal achievement and satisfaction
  • improved confidence and self-esteem
  • access to further training from local professionals

What it takes to be a Home-Start Volunteer

Home-Start Bradford District volunteers should be a parent or have parenting experience. We ask volunteers to commit to 3-4 hours per week, for a minimum of a year, but most stay longer.

Potential volunteers will be invited for an interview before taking part in our ten-session course of preparation where they will meet like-minded people and have fun, whilst learning the skills required to support families in their homes.

Once the course is complete, and references and checks (including an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check) have been taken up, a volunteer will visit a family for 3-4 hours a week. They will complete a diary sheet record of each visit, and meet up with a Coordinator every 6-8 weeks for supervision meetings.

Our training is free to attend, and travel expenses will be reimbursed for both training and home-visiting.

If you would like to know more about becoming a Home-Start Bradford District volunteer, please contact us for more information, or download and return the volunteer application pack.

Do you have what it takes to be a Home-Start volunteer?  Are you keen to help parents and children in your community? Please download an application form to start your journey transforming lives in your area.

Volunteer stories

Meet Home-Start Better Start

Meet Home-Start Better Start

In this trio of blogs, featured on the Better Start Bradford website, we meet mum Aisha*, volunteer Tanya and Rachel from Better Start Bradford’s Breastfeeding Support project, who referred Aisha to us as it was evident that we could help her – and that’s just what we did.

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The Two Rachels!

The Two Rachels!

Sometimes it is difficult to ask for help as it is human nature to try and cope alone, but sometimes a helping hand can make all the difference. For...

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Berni’s Blog

Berni’s Blog

In this blog, we meet mum of two, Berni Gabbutt. Her Home-Start journey started with another volunteering role in breastfeeding support and when...

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Volunteer testimonials

Really enjoyed the training, listening to others’ opinions in a mixed group. I feel well prepared for my social work career. I could not ask for a better place for me to gain my experience. I am going onto do my Masters in social work. I have learned a lot from my Coordinator and always found her helpful and supportive.


I have grown in confidence and because of this have successfully secured a new role at an interpreting agency. I am so exciting to start a new job and thank Home-Start very much for the opportunity to have volunteered for them.


For me, it is lovely being able to share my parenting experience, talking about my children and reaffirming that they are doing a great job with their parenting – as a parent we don’t hear that enough. It also works both ways. I get that ‘feel good’ feeling when I have helped a family and have done my best to help that situation. My own wellbeing has improved and I feel needed and appreciated. You are making a difference in someone’s life and you don’t necessarily get that through a paid job. I simply love giving. The Home-Start Bradford District team are very supportive. I always feel that there is someone at the end of the phone if I need support. They have always been there if I have had any worries about a family or even if I have had personal anxieties.


Thank you for your support and offering this fabulous volunteer course to me, I have really enjoyed every moment of being a Home-Start Volunteer.


On the first day I did not know what to expect. I did not know if I would fit in due to my age or experience, but I was wrong. I have now met friends for life. Friends who have so much experience and knowledge to share with me. All the group was so welcoming; you would think we had known each other for years. We have respected each other’s viewpoints and opinions in every discussion even if we do not fully agree with what has been said. I would recommend training to be a volunteer to anyone. Even if you think you do not have enough knowledge or experience, the training provided fills any gap in a fun activity-based way.


Really good training, enjoyed it, thought it would be boring but it was great. Learnt so much, can’t wait to get started. Feel confident in myself and this is going to help with supporting a family.


During my time at Home-Start I have increased my knowledge of services in the Bradford area. Supporting a family on with children on child protection plan has given me new skills and experience of working with vulnerable families” I have now been promoted at work (within the Police force) to work with vulnerable families this is as a result of my experience at Home-Start.


Other ways to volunteer for Home-Start


Administrative support

If being a home-visiting volunteer isn’t for you, you could always help out in our office with administrative tasks which support our Coordinators and volunteers in their work. Please get in touch for more information.

Be a trustee: Could you help plan and oversee how each Home-Start will support families in your community?

Do you have 10 hours a month spare and would you be able to attend monthly meetings as a Trustee? We are looking for additional Trustees, as well as a Chair of Trustees, to expand our management board.

We are looking for people to help direct the strategic management and expansion of the organisation, enabling us to support more families across the Bradford District.

Trustees meet monthly and oversee the governance and strategic direction of the charity.

To find out more please contact us on 01274 666711, or complete an application form.

Become a Home-Start Volunteer Today

Home-Start’s team of trained volunteers make sure a child’s early years count. By volunteering just a few hours each week you can transform the lives of young children and their parents in your community.


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