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Annual General Meeting

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.

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We are recruiting to fill 4 vacancies!

Job Vacancies:  01.10.18

Home-Start Kirklees has 4 new vacancies available. All posts are substantive and those full-time are open to job share.

We are currently recruiting for:

Home-visiting Co-ordinator      

37 hours per week – annual salary scale SCP 23 – 27 (£21,693 – £24,657 pro rata, increasing to SCP 24 £22,401 at the end of a probationary period)

We have a vacant post available for a Co-ordinator, who will assist in developing the scheme locally, assessing the needs of families, recruiting, training, matching, supporting and supervising home visiting volunteers. The post holder will also assist in the delivery of the volunteer preparation course and will need to liaise closely with various statutory and voluntary organisations. Some evening and weekend work may be required. The Co-ordinator will report to the senior members of staff.

Essential requirements include:

  • Experience of caring for young children
  • Experience of working with families and/or volunteers
  • Ability to deliver presentations, training and support to volunteers
  • Ability to work as part of a team with supervisory support
  • Understand confidentiality and professionalism in the workplace
  • Car driver/owner (expenses will be paid)
  • Experience of working with vulnerable groups and ensuring safeguarding practice is embedded and adhered to.

 

Group Co-ordinator (2 posts)

37 and 18 hours per week – annual salary scale SCP 23 – 27 (£21,693 – £24,657 pro rata, increasing to SCP 24 £22,401 at the end of a probationary period)

We have two vacant posts available for a Group Co-ordinator, who will assist in assessing the needs of families, recruiting, training, supporting and supervising volunteers and peer educators. The post holders will be responsible for the organisation and running of young parent’s group sessions within Kirklees.  The post holders will deliver user friendly sessions within groups and be competent in assisting attendees in addressing some of the issues young parents face.   The post holders will also assist in the delivery of the volunteer preparation course and will need to liaise closely with various statutory and voluntary organisations. Some evening and weekend work may be required. The Group Co-ordinators will report to the senior members of staff.

Essential requirements include:

  • Experience of caring for young children
  • Experience of working with families and/or volunteers
  • Ability to deliver presentations, training and support to volunteers
  • Ability to work as part of a team with supervisory support
  • Understand confidentiality and professionalism in the workplace
  • Car driver/owner (expenses will be paid)
  • Experience of working with vulnerable groups and ensuring safeguarding practice is embedded and adhered to.

 

Family Support Worker

22 hours per week – annual salary scale SCP 18 – 21 (£18,870 – £20,541 pro rata increasing to SCP 19 £19,446 at the end of a probationary period)

We have a vacant post available for a Family Support Worker, who will assist in the delivery of the young parent’s groups weekly sessions and also home visit families in need of support. The post holder will also assist parents in accessing other services and work in partnership with key agencies that support parents. The post will be line managed by a senior member of staff. The Family Support Worker/ Group Worker will need to be well organised and prepared to offer often intense support to a vulnerable group of service users.

Essential requirements include:

  • Positive parenting experience
  • Experience of working with families
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Understand confidentiality and professionalism in the workplace
  • Car driver/owner (expenses will be paid)

             

                                

Home-Start Kirklees is committed to a policy of equality and diversity which respects the identity, rights and value of all individuals.  We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and all staff working with these groups are expected to share a commitment to this. You will be expected to report any concerns relating to the safeguarding of children and/or young people in accordance with agreed procedures. If your own conduct in relation to the safeguarding of children or young people gives cause for concern, Home-Start Kirklees child protection procedures will be followed, alongside implementation of the charity’s disciplinary procedure.

Any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory DBS check at enhanced level and barring service check and the receipt of appropriate references.

Please do not send CVs. For an application pack, please contact us on 01484 421925 or email us at

 info@homestart-kirklees.org.uk

The closing date for applications for all posts is Wednesday 17th October (12 noon)

Interviews for these posts will be held on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th October

 

Our young mums in the Yorkshire Post

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…

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/campaigns/shocking-extent-of-loneliness-in-new-mothers-highlighted-1-9144503

 

New volunteer training – September 2018

We are starting a training course for new volunteers on Thursday 20th September 2018 .

It will run every Thursday until 3rd November, 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

Congratulations to our volunteer Sammi!

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.

Sammi Rupa graduation

Fancy becoming a Trustee?

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.