Portsmouth Parent Board

Home-Start Portsmouth is a voluntary organization which offers free support to families with a least one child under 5 in the PO1 - PO6 area. It works in partnership with other agencies and organizations to give children the best start in life that is possible, including a Ready for School programme and parent mentoring.  

Portsmouth Parent Board represents the views of local parents and carers, and helps to shape services for children and families in Portsmouth.

 To volunteer with us you need to:

  • Have at least one child aged 0-19 (-25 with SEND)

  • Live in Portsmouth

  • Have an awareness of issues facing a range of local families

  • Have good links with local communities

  • Be passionate about positive change for families in the city

  • Be able to commit 5-10 hours per month

The role is quite varied and partly depends on your own personal interests and skills; activities you may be asked to be part of include:

  • Attending board meetings, consultations and events

  • Actively engaging with local community groups and schools

  • Taking notes and feeding  information to other boards and professionals and to the communities where you are active

  • Representing the views of parents in your local area at strategic meetings

  • Some benefits to volunteering with the Portsmouth Parent Board include:


  • Being in the know about changes to services as they happen

  • Influencing strategic decisions that affect local children and families

  • Being part of a supportive team of like-minded parents and carers

  • Building and developing a range of useful skills



We are looking for a range of different skills and these could include:

Administative skills

Communication with a wide range of people

Confidence to speak and to ask questions / challenge in a formal environment

IT literacy

A supportive and non-judgmental attitude and approach

An ability to work as part of a team and take direction




  • Limited Physical Access

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 07/06/2022

End Date: 06/04/2024

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