Home visiting support
Home-Start Perth provides non-judgemental practical and emotional support to parents with young children. Volunteer parents provide this support in the families home so we would like funds to continue this work and to train new volunteers to join our team.
Families with multiple births, mothers with post-natal depression, parents who are lonely, isolated or depressed or who have relationship problems or who may have children with special needs – the list is endless. Our aim to build resilience and the familys ability to cope and to prevent the family reaching crisis point.
By providing a volunteer who is a parent or who has parenting experience to offer non-judgemental practical or emotional support to the parent and to play with the children. Our volunteers offer a variety of support including helping the family to get out, help set boundaries and routines, provide a listening ear, model parenting or just to be an extra pair of hands.
To recruit, select and train new parent volunteers to support the families.
Activities» Advertise for new volunteers in a variety of ways.
» Carefully select volunteers
» Run a course of preparation to prepare the volunteers for their home visiting role
Success will be... parents coming forward to offer their time and skills to Home-Start Perth
To continue to provide the support for families.
Activities» To continue to match volunteers with families
» To provide ongoing support and supervision for the volunteers
Success will be... we can support an increasing number of families
To provide ongoing training opportunities for the volunteers
Activities» By arranging a variety of training opportunities for the volunteers relevant to their needs and role
Success will be... a variety of training opportunities available and the level of attendance. Also a skilled volunteer pool.
Early intervention can help to prevent long term issues for society such as crime and substance use. Seeing the family through a difficult patch will improve the outcomes for all family members and helps to prevent the family reaching crisis point. Through the family reaching a point where they no longer need support from Home-Start Perth we can demonstrate that the volunteer support has been effective.
Our main risk is changes in funding which reduces the number of families we can support. With less money we are unable to recruit and train as many volunteers and thus cannot support the increasing number of families referred to us.
So far we have dealt with these risks by reducing the number of families we support which means that some families are not getting the support they need.
We can provide reports as and when required detailing the number of families supported, the number of volunteers, details of recruitment of volunteers and what support they have been offered in terms of training and supervision.
Budget - Project Cost: £7,029Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £4,965 Volunteers expenses Expenditure to reimburse volunteers for their out of pocket expenses £705 Volunteer support Expenditure relating to providing support to volunteers £1,359 Volunteer training Expenditure relating to providing ongoing training opportunities to volunteers
Home-Start Perth supports families thoughout the whole of the Perth and Kinross area.
Our project will benefit the whole community. By being able to support families within their own home this will impact upon their citizenship and ability to join in with other activities in their community thus benefiting a wider society. In the longer term it is hoped that the early intervention that Home-Start Perth provides will also enable the children we support to integrate more easily into society themselves.
Home-Start Perth has over 27 years of experience in the Perth and Kinross area providing this support to families. As our volunteers are parents themselves they can empathise with the family and have a better understanding of the issues the families are facing.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Susan is the Senior Co-ordinator and manges the team of staff. She also visits families and support volunteers.
Veronica is Co-ordinator whose main role is to visit the families and support volunteers. Veronica organises the training opportunities for volunteers
Sandra is our administrator and has an important role in ensuring our records are well maintained.
Elaine is our financial controller and ensures payments are made in a timely fashion. She also ensures we stay within our budget.