Why have a Preparation Course?

All new volunteers feel concerned, anxious and nervous but our preparation course is designed to allay those fears and answer all the questions volunteers may have. All potential volunteers have to complete a preparation course prior to becoming accepted as a home-visiting volunteer.

The preparation course is designed to do 2 things:

  • To prepare the volunteers for things they may encounter as a home-visiting volunteer which they may not have thought about
  • To help co-ordinators to get to know each volunteer better. This is essential if the co-ordinators are to make a successful match between family and volunteer.

The course is designed to be informative and fun as well as to answer such questions as:

  • What if I don't like the family I'm allocated?

  • What about school holidays?

  • Will I be prepared for visiting people in their own homes?

  • What if there's something going on in the family that I don't feel comfortable with?

These are all questions which have been asked before and the co-ordinators will be happy to answer.

Preparation Course Topics

Subjects covered in a preparation course include:

  • What it means to be a home-visiting volunteer

  • Family life: stresses and strains

  • Attitudes and values

  • Listening and communicating

  • Confidentiality

  • Safeguarding children

  • Commitment and boundaries

  • Support and personal safety

By the end of the course you will have a better insight into the work of Home-Start and feel well prepared for home-visiting.

All expenses incurred both during the preparation course and on home-visiting are reimbursed.  
All volunteers can expect the continued support of the Scheme Manager, Co-ordinators and the Board of Trustees.