Volunteering

Monday, 13 February 2017 marks the start of our 30th anniversary year. For the last three decades, Home-Start Aberdeen's trained volunteers have been providing vulnerable families with emotional and practical support in their own homes. Demand for our unique blend of home-based support continues to grow. As a result of this - and in keeping with our 30th anniversary theme - we have launched a #30in30 campaign to recruit 30 new volunteers in 30 weeks. Read on to find out more about what volunteering with us involves. Perhaps you could you be one of our 30 in 30?


Home-Start Aberdeen volunteer training


Without our volunteers, Home-Start Aberdeen simply would not exist. Our team of 100 volunteers fulfil a number of roles, as follows:

- Home visiting
- Recipe for Life
- Charity shop assistant
- Charity shop collections/delivery driver
- Trustee/adviser
- Events support via the Friends of Home-Start Aberdeen.


More information on each of these roles is provided in our volunteering information pack, which is a comprehensive guide to our volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering Information Pack (a comprehensive guide to our volunteering opportunities)

Home visiting volunteer application form

Home visiting volunteer person specification

Charity shop volunteer application form


The majority of our volunteers assist with home visiting, so additional information on this role is included below.

Home visiting volunteers

Our home visiting volunteers:

  • Offer support to a local family in their own home for 2-3 hours per week
  • Receive training and ongoing support
  • Help others develop their parenting skills
  • Encourage families to engage with their communities
  • Provide practical guidance on budgeting and household management
  • Connect families with other relevant organisations and services.


Supporting Aberdeen families


All of our home visiting volunteers are carefully matched with a Home-Start family to ensure that the relationship is as productive as possible for everyone. Regular training is provided and all volunteers have a co-ordinator who provides ongoing support and meets with them regularly.

Why volunteer?

People choose to volunteer with Home-Start Aberdeen to:

  • Make a difference to a family’s life
  • Give something back to their local community
  • Return the support they once received from Home-Start
  • Share a similar experience
  • Boost their confidence
  • Prepare for returning to work or to progress their career
  • Do something fulfilling with their spare time.

You can read about the experiences of some of Home-Start Aberdeen’s volunteers here .

Making a difference

Data gathered by Home-Start UK last year indicated that more than 90% of the families supported by Home-Start volunteers said they felt:

  • More involved in their children’s development
  • That their children’s emotional and physical health and wellbeing had improved
  • Better able to manage their children’s behaviour
  • Less isolated
  • Less stressed
  • More able to cope with day-to-day running of the house
  • That they were using local services more.

Volunteer training

Volunteer induction programmes, as well as training and development for existing volunteers, run throughout the year.

Dates of forthcoming volunteer preparation courses are available here.


Volunteer induction training

Volunteer resources

Our latest newsletter for volunteers is available to view here.

Additional useful volunteer resources are available in our publications library.

Find out more

For an informal, no-pressure chat about becoming a volunteer with Home-Start Aberdeen, telephone 01224 693545 or email volunteering@homestartaberdeen.org.uk.

Keen to take the next step? View our volunteer person specification and application form here.

Make a donation

Individuals and organisations can make a regular or one-off financial contribution to Home-Start Aberdeen via our Virgin Moneygiving page. You can also donate via text using the number 70070 followed by the message HSAB30. Leave a space after HSAB30 and then enter the amount you would like to donate - £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.