If you have two or three hours a week to spare and are interested in meeting new people, learning new skills and supporting children and families, then volunteering with Home-Start may be perfect for you.


Home-visiting volunteers complete an in-depth preparation course before being matched with a family. They then commit to spending up to two hours a week visiting or contacting their family and providing support where it's needed, whether that takes the form of a listening ear, advice on other useful services, helping with practicalities such as getting out of the house, or interacting with the children.

Group work volunteers also complete a training course before assisting with or leading our PEEP groups. The groups support parents to find everyday learning opportunities and to develop their relationship with their child, with play and story and song for the wee ones and chat and support for the grown ups. Some of our volunteers also learn how to deliver PEEP techniques in the home, or get qualified in Baby Massage to deliver this to groups or individual families. Volunteers can gain a City and Guilds qualification through their practice.

Trustees are also volunteers. They help guide the organisation to achieve its goals and are responsible for its governance. A variety of skills are useful to being a trustee.


Read some of our volunteer, family and trustee stories on our Case Studies page.


If you're interested in volunteering or being a trustee, email help@hsew.org.uk or leave us a message on 0131 564 1540.