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“I love volunteering. I have met some brilliant families and enjoy working with lots of lovely people.”

A Home-Start volunteer

For the last 25 years, local Home-Start volunteers have been offering emotional and practical support to Birmingham families.

Why? Because parenting can be hard for so many reasons. From dealing with poverty and isolation to poor mental health and relationship breakdowns. All these issues can affect a parent’s ability to cope.

And this is where Home-Start steps in.

Our volunteers offer a mixture of practical and emotional, non-judgemental support, for however long a family needs them. Our volunteers also empower parents to make changes, to forge links in their local community and access specialist services if needed. But more than anything, our volunteers are there as a regular, friendly face, an extra pair of hands and a shoulder to cry on.

Read some of our volunteer stories here

A quick guide to becoming a Home-Start visiting volunteer
  • You must be a parent or have parenting experience
  • As a Home-Start volunteer you will support a family by visiting them at home for around two to three hours once a week
  • You should be able to commit at least one year of your time to Home-Start
  • You should have a non-judgmental attitude and understand about the pressures of bringing up a family
  • You will have to attend our free Volunteer Preparation Course with other new volunteers before meeting your first family
  • Expenses are paid during training and while you support a family
  • You must understand that your support for families is completely confidential
  • You will have to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check
  • You will meet regularly with, and be supported by, a Home-Start Co-ordinator during the time you are visiting families

If you feel inspired by what you have read, and would like to find out more about volunteering for Home-Start, please visit our Contact Us page to find the Home-Start closest to you or email us on

If you have the skills needed to help run a charity and would like to offer them on a voluntary basis, why not consider becoming a Trustee? Find out more about these roles here

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To see the difference Home-Start volunteers make to the lives of parents and children, watch our volunteering film- ‘Alongside Me’

The Six Home-Starts across Birmingham are :-