Who we are
Home-Start South Wiltshire was set up in 1999 to provide a high quality service for families living in the former Salisbury District Council Area from Larkhill in the north to Downton in the south, from Mere in the west to Whiteparish in the east.
Home-Start South Wiltshire is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Overseen by our local volunteer trustees and committee members our aim is to give children under 5 the best possible start in life by helping parents to manage daily life through strengthening relationships and widening their links within their local community.
Home-Start South Wiltshire works with parent volunteers to provide a community-based model of support for families with young children, tailored to the family’s needs. The Home-Start model offers one-to-one support and friendship to other parents through volunteer home visiting, family and specialist groups and social activities.
Helping families in South Wiltshire since 1999
What we do
We support families with at least one child under the age of 5 through our dedicated home-visiting volunteers.
Our co-ordinators are responsible for the day-to-day recruitment, training and support of the volunteers as well as liaising with referrers.
Volunteers support local families facing a variety of difficulties, including:
- Feelings of isolation
- Experiencing effects of ill health and/or disability
- Difficulties in managing the household budget
- Struggling with emotional health/depression
- Difficulties in managing children’s behaviour
- Multiple birth
- Housing issues
- Stress associated with conflict in the family
Volunteers are carefully matched – linking the skills of each volunteer with the needs of the family. Our volunteers are friendly, approachable and give their spare time to provide encouragement, a listening ear and an extra pair of hands for a few hours once a week.
Areas we cover
We serve the former Salisbury District Council Area from Larkhill in the north to Downton in the south, from Mere in the west to Whiteparish in the east.
Group Leader and Family Support
Hours of work: 14 hours per week, with some flexibility about days and hours of work but Tuesday
and Wednesday to start with. This is not a term-time-only post.
Location: Amesbury and remote working
This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a new service to families in Amesbury.
The role involves working closely with parents with young children in group settings and in family homes in south Wiltshire. This Home-Start project aims to offer support to families in group sessions with a focus on parenting, family life, supporting children’s early learning, health, etc, to build confidence and break down isolation in a fun and welcoming setting.
You will need to have good communication skills and be able to work as part of a small team and in partnership with colleagues in other agencies. You will need experience of working with families with children under 5, a good knowledge or understanding of family life and a background in family support.
If you think you would be suited for this rewarding post, vital to the effective delivery of support services to families with children under 5 going through difficult times, we would like to hear from you.
This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check.
Closing date: 18 August 2022 at 5pm
Interview date: 24 August, 2022
Home-Start is committed to equality of opportunity and diversity and to safer recruitment practice as an important part of safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults
Home visiting volunteers
Home-Start South Wiltshire’s team of trained volunteers make sure a child’s early years count. By volunteering just a few hours each week you can transform the lives of young children and their parents in your community.
Our volunteers receive free training and are given expert support in helping families from all backgrounds through their most challenging times.
By being a volunteer for Home-Start South Wiltshire you will:
- make a difference to parents and children facing great difficulties.
- give something back to your local community;
perhaps even return the support you once received from Home-Start.
As well as changing the lives of others, volunteering has a huge impact on the person giving their time. Research shows that our volunteers see:
- better health and well-being
- improved personal and skills development
- improved chances for work
- more self-confidence
Volunteering is a great thing to do if you are preparing to return to work or to progress your career – or simply if you just want to do something amazing with your spare time.
Become a Home-Start Trustee
Home-Start South Wiltshire is an independent local charity and being a trustee is all about the governance of the charity. Could you help plan and oversee how we will support families in your community?
You’ll have a wide range of duties and be responsible for making the charity effective, providing overall direction and maintaining sound management of funds. We’d love to hear from you if you have any of these skills:
- general business management
- financial or legal expertise
- IT knowledge
- human resources experience
- PR and media skills
- knowledge of family support issues in the community
For more information please contact us
Our Scheme is run by a Board of Trustees, who oversee our activities, providing strategic, funding and governance advice.
Being a Trustee is a responsible position but very rewarding. It gives opportunities for personal development and the chance to give something back to your local community. Without volunteer Trustees, the South Wiltshire scheme could not operate and both families and children would not get the support they need.
It is responsible for setting the scheme’s vision and strategic objectives, for ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, for reviewing and assessing the performance and quality of the scheme and for ensuring that it operates within the Home-Start Agreement.
The Board is also responsible for the scheme’s property, financial management and security, for all governance matters, for the promotion of Home-Start and for the recruitment and ongoing management of staff. The Board’s role is to ensure that the resources in the charity are used effectively to further the objectives of Home-Start in accordance with the expectations of fund-providers.
What kind of people are Home-Start Trustees?
Our Trustees come from all walks of life, bringing their experience and individual skills to our scheme. Typically they live locally or have a strong affiliation with South West Wiltshire. The skills that are in demand are business planning, fundraising, publicity, business and personnel management, finance, marketing and communications.
However, you don’t need specific qualifications to be a Trustee. Common sense, an ability to operate effectively as a member of a Board, team-working, an understanding of the pressures facing parents today and a genuine interest in supporting parents in our community are just as important.
Deborah Cockrean - Chair
Sue Weber - Treasurer
My working life was as an accountant and when I retired I wanted to use my skills in the voluntary sector. I have been Treasurer of a number of charities, both in London and Wiltshire. The Trustees found me on a volunteering website and asked if I would join Home-Start!
Even though I have no children of my own, I can really understand that helping to give children a good start in life is so important, and Home-Start provides that help so well.
I joined HSSW in 2013. I had worked with Becky in my previous role and I was impressed with HSSW and the caring services offered to families in our community. I have worked in Wiltshire for 10 years and with children and families for the last 25 years.
Now that my children have flown the nest, I have some time to “give back” and hopefully support others who are bringing up the next generation. I enjoy my role as a Trustee and being part of this organisation.
Senior Fundraiser (Regional) at Naomi House & Jacksplace
I have 15 years’ experience working in the charity sector and delivering successful national volunteering programmes focused on empowering volunteers and breaking down barriers to engagement. I feel honoured to join the team at Home Start, helping the charity to meet its aims and provide a positive and supported experience for young families in Wiltshire. My spare time is spent with my two young boys and walking our dog.