New Home Start volunteers ready to help families

Ten new volunteers finished their Home Start training earlier this month, and are now ready to go out into the community to help local families with young children struggling with issues such as ill health, disability, and bereavement.

Saturday, 26th November 2016, 2:13 pm
Home Start Volunteers

The volunteers are local parents themselves, as having parenting experience is the only criteria to becoming a valued Home-Start volunteer.

The volunteer training is delivered by Home Start staff at their office on St James Road, Chichester. The training covers many things to help the families that each volunteer visits be the best parents that they can be, by helping them with practical and emotional support. The volunteers will be matched with local families and will provide a life line through their weekly 2 hour visits.

The ten new volunteers join a team of dedicated volunteers totalling almost 40, who across Chichester District will help around 80 local families this year. Families are supported by Home-Start for many reasons including ill health, disability, mental health issues, bereavement, multiple births and also just finding it challenging coping with the demands of a young family. The volunteers are on hand to help parents through these difficult times.

For those who are interested in finding out more about becoming a Home Start volunteer, call 01243 773477 or email [email protected] The next volunteer courses are in January and March 2017.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at

2) Like our Facebook page at

3) Follow us on Twitter @Chiobserver

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Chichester Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.