We need volunteers to support local families

You could have exactly the skills needed to make a difference to a family living locally.

As a parent you’ll know just how tough it can sometimes be. Did you often long to have someone to confide in or just have a chat with?

Home-Start’s families come in all shapes and sizes and from all different backgrounds. Some may be feeling isolated, they may be new to the area without the support of family and friends, or they may be parenting alone. Others may be struggling with difficult relationships, have an illness or a disability, or have several pre-school children.

Could You help us make a difference for families?

All have one thing in common, the need for someone to listen and be there just for them.
Home-Start volunteers also come in all shapes and sizes and from all different backgrounds. We need people with a whole host of different experiences to provide our special kind of support to families.
If you or anyone else you know, think you can spare a few hours a week to become a friend to someone in their own home, we would love to hear from you.

All out of pocket expenses are reimbursed and volunteers and their own families are welcome to join in any of our social activities and events. Home-Start values its volunteers highly and provides full support and training.

Volunteer preparation courses are run regularly and are free. The course usually takes place at our offices in Blackburn, one day per week for 8 weeks. Both day time and evening courses may be available.

Volunteering FAQ

Please click here to read some of our commonly asked questions.

With thanks to our supporters

The National Lottery Community Fund Spring North Charity Consortium Lancashire Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust Garfield Weston Foundation The Eric Wright Charitable Trust Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council BBC Children in Need NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB)