We are starting a training course for new volunteers on Thursday 7th February 2019.
It will run every Thursday until 28th March but there will be a break for February half term. It runs 9.30am – 2.30pm and is at our offices in Dalton, Huddersfield.
You’ll receive training on how Home-Start works including confidentiality, Safeguarding children, listening skills, personal safety and Nurturing Parents.
Once trained you can be matched to a family and support them at home, offering non-judgmental, practical and / or emotional support to families who are going through a period of stress. You can make a huge difference to the lives of families and children. Your travel expenses will be paid and you receive full support and ongoing training from our co-ordinator team.
If you’d like to find out more, please give us a call on 01484 421925
Last week we held our AGM which was a great success. Thank you to everyone who came along. As well as the formal AGM business we had invited speakers – Cheryl Beirne From the Family Nurse Partnership gave a talk about how the FNP work aligns with what Home-Start do, as well as a fun activity highlighting bonding and trust. We also heard from two former supported parents who both gave touching & eloquent accounts about how Home-Start support had changed their lives and their hopes for the future.
Sadly we also said goodbye to longstanding trustee Anna Logue who has resigned from the Trustee board. Anna was instrumental in setting up the charity 19 years ago and has been a Trustee, Chair of Trustees, Vice Chair as well as Chair of our fundraising and HR sub-groups since then. Anna has been a dedicated and much respected Trustee who has been phenomenal with her fundraising efforts. We give huge thanks to Anna and will miss her very much. We also said goodbye to Brenda Vale, who has been a longstanding volunteer for 14 years and is now stepping down. Brenda has been involved in our young parents groups for many years and will be missed by staff and parents alike.
Some of the mums who attended our Young Parents weekly support groups were interviewed recently as part of a study into loneliness and isolation in new mothers. We think they gave a great account of the position many new parents find themselves in and how they benefit from Home-Start’s group support. Read their interview here…
Congratulations to one of our wonderful Home-Start volunteers, Samantha Rupa, who has successfully completed her Health and Community Development degree at The University of Huddersfield achieving a 2:1 in the process!!
Samantha (Sammi) joined Home-Start as a volunteer in June 2013. Sammi, a mother of two young children aged 2 & 5 had decided she wanted to further her education with an aim to eventually working in the field of Social Care. Sammi took an access to Health and Social Care course at Kirklees College and gained a distinction & 60 credits at distinction, she was then able to move on to her degree course at university. Sammi has shown focus and determination, studying, holding down a job, raising her children and was still able to fit in 3 hours a week supporting a family as a home visiting volunteer for Home-Start.
In 2015 Home-Start were happy to be able to offer Sammi a 156 hour work placement to assist her in her university studies and give her course tutor references and a precis of her work regarding her support of Home-Start families. Sammi supported 6 families whilst she was volunteering on our behalf.
The families who Sammi supported benefitted greatly from her help and all were touched by her kindness, ability to empathise, her sound parenting advice and direct approach.
Sammi is sadly leaving us now and moving on to do her Master’s degree in Social Work at Huddersfield.
Thank you for your valued input into our service for the past 4 years Sammi. We wish you all the very best with your continued education.
If you are a parent, can spare three hours a week of your time and would like to gain experience in supporting families, please give us a call. Our next volunteer preparation course will run in January 2018 and we would love to hear from you.
Fancy becoming a Trustee?
Home-Start Kirklees has been going since 1999 and we believe that children need a secure and happy environment to thrive, and that parents are the key to providing that: it’s just that sometimes they need a bit of help. Through our trained parent volunteers we have supported over 1500 families who are struggling to cope with post-natal illness, disability, bereavement, the illness of a parent or child, or social isolation. Our volunteers visit families in their own homes, giving practical and emotional support.
But we need another kind of volunteer – trustees. Trustees are men and women who help guide our local Home-Starts and contribute to their leadership and direction so staff can manage the day-to-day operations and home-visiting volunteers can get on with the job of supporting families.
What kind of people are Home-Start trustees?
Our trustees come from all walks of life, bringing their experience and individual skills. The kind of skills that are in demand are business or personnel management, finance and fundraising, IT and communications. But you don’t need special qualifications to be a trustee – common sense, flexibility, time, an ability to work as part of a team, a willingness to learn, understanding of the pressures facing parents today and a genuine interest in supporting parents in your community are just as important to us.
What is a Home-Start trustee?
A Home-Start trustee is a volunteer who sits on the trustee board of a local Home-Start. Each local Home-Start is an independent charity and being a trustee is all about the governance of the charity – planning how it will achieve its goals. Trustees aren’t responsible for the day-to-day running of a Home-Start but they do carry out a wide range of duties and are responsible for making the charity effective, providing overall direction and the sound management of funds. Being a trustee can be hard work and you will need to be able to respond to demand but it is also rewarding, giving many opportunities for personal development and the chance to give something back to your local community. Without volunteer trustees our local Home-Starts couldn’t exist and families and children wouldn’t get the support they need.
What does a board of trustees do?
Their job is to ensure the resources of the charity are used effectively, so Home-Start can do what it is meant to (support families and children). The board is led by its chair, and trustees are jointly responsible for good governance and employment of the staff team. The board works with staff and advisors to find the funding needed, develop Home-Start’s services, monitor and report on how well the charity is doing, and file returns to regulatory bodies. The board’s activities are varied and challenging, but also hugely rewarding. Working with staff and home-visiting volunteers, the board of trustees has a positive impact on the lives of local families.
How much of my time will it take?
Home-Start trustees should expect to spend at least 8-10 hours a month on their duties. It’s an important role, carrying legal and financial responsibilities, which will require time and commitment. A trustee who takes on added commitment – perhaps as treasurer or chair – will have to give more time to the role. But Home-Start trustees are supported all the way. You will have a thorough induction, be invited to national training courses and events, have access to a Home-Start intranet full of information and guidance on all aspects of running a local Home-Start and have the skills and knowledge of staff, your fellow trustees and Home-Start UK – which exists to provide information, support and guidance to local Home-Starts.
What will I get out of it?
Trustees volunteer because they want to be involved in their community and improve the lives of parents and children. What they get back is the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped make a real difference. In many cases, being a trustee can enhance an individual’s skills and knowledge, build confidence and provide many opportunities for personal development for future employment, provide a focus for an active retirement or a sense that their spare time has been put to good use.
What should I do next?
Contact us for more information or an informal chat about being a trustee. There is no commitment at this stage. Full details on how to apply will be given to you if you decide you would like to help run your local Home-Start. If you do decide to join us, you will have to undergo a DBS check and provide references as part of your application.