Host Home volunteers can have a powerful impact in the lives of struggling families, especially when the family doesn’t have a network of family or friends who they can turn to. Host Homes offer short-term overnight accommodation to children. Depending on the needs of the family and the preferences/availability of the volunteer, this may be two nights a month for 4-6 months or can be for one-off situations, like a parent going into hospital, for example. There is also the opportunity to host mums and babies, usually for 4-6 weeks following the birth of the baby. Host Homes can choose the type of hosting they do and the age, gender and location of children they host. Host Homes are in control of their volunteering and can take a break at any time. After applying, Host Homes will go through our Safer Recruitment Process to ensure they are well trained, equipped and supported each step of the way. Sometimes one night can make all the difference in a child’s life.
About Safe Families for Children
Safe Families for Children (Safe Families) works hand-in-hand with children’s services to link families in need with local volunteers who can offer them help and support.
When a crisis strikes a family with children, its effects can be devastating. Many of us would turn to relatives and friends for support but some families can be really isolated with nobody there to help them. Stabilising families before they reach a breaking point is key to reducing the number of children who need to go into care. An award-winning charity, Safe Families has benefitted over 6000 children since it was launched in the UK in 2013
What skills do I need?
Our Host Homes come from a variety of backgrounds. Some experience with children is desirable but no qualifications are necessary as we train and equip all our Host Homes. We match Host Home volunteers to families based on the skills, experiences and preferences of the volunteer so as volunteers never feel out of their comfort zone.
- Age restrictions
- Child Protection Policy (where relevant)
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Vulnerable Adults Policy (where relevant)
When can I volunteer?
Any days – we will match volunteers with families depending on the need of the family and the availability of volunteers. It can be fortnightly or monthly for the same reason.
This opportunity has no specific location.
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