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Home-Start volunteers come from all backgrounds and are of various ages. What they all have in common is that they have had experience of bringing up children and have a few hours to spare each week.

What does being a volunteer involve?

This varies, but all our volunteers provide emotional as well as practical support to families. Volunteers visit families in their own homes, normally for a couple of hours each week, and may be a listening ear one week and an extra pair of hands the next. Support for the family will last as long as the family and Home-Start feel it is required.

Volunteers will have regular support and contact from their co-ordinator and will also have access to ongoing training events and volunteer support meetings.

Volunteers are not paid to provide support but out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed. All potential volunteers undertake a course, normally one session per week, over a period of 6-8 weeks, in order to prepare them for their role. Volunteers will have an initial enhanced criminal records check and references will be taken up before being introduced to a family.

I’m not a parent, is there anything I can do?

Yes, absolutely, We always need volunteers to support the scheme either as fund-raisers or perhaps by joining our Board of Trustees and getting involved in the management of the scheme. For these roles, you do not need to have parenting experience. Contact us for more information.

How do I become a volunteer? Contact us.


********HOME-START KINCARDINE needs someone like you********

Being a parent gives you all the skills you need to be a Home-Start volunteer.

Do you have 2-3 hours a week free to help a family with young children who might be struggling with post natal depression, multiple births, isolation, disability or any other of the issues that affect families today?

Portlethen to St Cyrus and all areas in between have families in need of your help!

To find out more about our Volunteer Course which starts at the end of October, please contact Helen or Cate on 01569 767773 or email us at

“I really appreciate the volunteer help from Home-Start. The help, support and advice provided is invaluable. We do not feel alone any more.”  Quote from a Home-Start family.