Home Visiting Volunteers

The home visiting outreach project supports Portsmouth families who are experiencing difficulties and are referred through their Health Visitor. The families we support all have at least one child under 5. We work in partnership with other agencies such as: Health, Social Care, Family Hubs, Community Groups and many others to enable parents to be the best they possibly can be.

 Attend initial 8 week preparation course (1 morning a week).

 Be committed to visiting a family once a week for a minimum of 3 hours in their own home for up to six months.

 Communicate regularly with co-ordinators at Home-Start

 Attend face to face supervision with the co-ordinator every 6-8 weeks

 Take appropriate action should any safeguarding situations arise

 Be able to research what appropriate support is available and signpost the family to it

 Accompany the family to community events, groups and appointments when necessary.

 Be able to work effectively to an agreed support plan


A volunteer undertaking this role must have:

A supportive and non-judgmental attitude and approach

An understanding of the reasons families may be experiencing difficulties

A good track record of reliability and time to support a Portsmouth family in their own home.

The ability to maintain confidentiality

Good communication skills

 A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

 2 satisfactory references

Knowledge of Portsmouth and community resources or a willingness to find out


  • DBS check required
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 06/11/2018

End Date: 30/06/2020

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Availability Details

You will need to be able to commit to a minimum of 3 hours a week to visit a family. You will visit the same family each week for up to 6 months. Volunteers are able to support more than one family if their time commitment allows. The visits will be arranged at mutually convenient times, so quite flexible.

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