Preparation course for Home-Start Volunteers



The following is an example of the course content but the schedule is adapted to meet the needs of each group that comes together and will be subject to change.

Introduction And Role of Volunteer
Aim: - To introduce volunteers to the principles of Home Start.

Communication And Listening skills
Aim: - To explore aspects of active listening and communicating without words.

Values And Attitudes
Aim: - To raise awareness of differing opinions, values And circumstances.

Family Life And Supporting Parents
Aim: - To evaluate the diverse experiences within a family unit And how Home Start helps.

Parents And Children
Aim: - To become more aware of the complexity of parenting And the changing needs of children.

Aim: - To understand the concept of confidentiality And Information sharing.

Safeguarding Children
Aim: - To gain basic but essential knowledge regarding child protection and promote confidence when working in potential abuse situations.

Being a Home-Start Volunteer
Aim: - To highlight emotions surrounding home visiting And appropriate behavior.

Community Support Networks
Aim: - A detailed look at other services/agencies supporting the community.

Bringing the course to a close
Well done you have completed the course!!!
This is an opportunity for volunteers to reaffirm the key messages learned And feel confident about their readiness to begin visiting.

It is usual for us to have a small celebration at the final session by way of a bring-and-share lunch.