Can You Help?

Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers are wholly dependent on volunteers to ensure we can maintain our services. This page describes the three roles we can offer if you are interested in volunteering to help us.

We are seeking:

  • Trustee Volunteer
  • Family Volunteer
  • Shop Volunteer
  • Fundraising Volunteer

The are listed in the panels below, click on the titles below to open the descriptions. You may also find the following of interest: general leaflet on volunteering.

Trustee Volunteer

Trustee Volunteer

African man and lady holding handsHome-Start Watford and Three Rivers is an independent charity and Company Limited by Guarantee with Trustees being responsible for directing the management and administration of the charity. Trustees have a wide range of roles but are primarily responsible for making the charity effective, providing overall direction and maintaining sound management of funds.


Trustees need to be able to attend regular meetings approximately once every two months and also be able to devote time outside those meetings to support the charity in delivering its vision.

Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers needs Trustees with a variety of skills and experience and from a wide range of backgrounds. Being a Trustee can be hard work, but it is also very rewarding, giving many chances for personal development and the chance to give something back to your local community. Trustees can access training and support from the Home-Start UK dedicated team of specialist cosultants and there are opportunities to network with Trustees from other schemes in the region.

Without volunteer Trustees Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers couldn’t function and both families and children wouldn’t get the support they need.

Interested, why not contact us?

Family Volunteer

Family Volunteer

Home-visiting volunteers visit a family regularly for 2-3 hours once a week. The formula is a simple but effective one – a volunteer, who has parenting experience themselves, offers emotional and practical support in what ever way the parent is going to find helpful.

Some parents might need someone to talk to, encouragement or some reassurance, others might need more practical support with the children. Playing and reading with children, getting out and about in the local area and finding out about local services and activities are all things a volunteer can help with. Our service is flexible and responsive to adapt to changing family needs.

What sort of commitment do I need to make?

All home-visiting volunteers participate in a preparation course before visiting families. This course ensures that volunteers are prepared for the varying situations they may be involved with. Once ready to visit families a volunteer needs to commit to 2-3 hours per week.

Volunteers attend regular supervision and group meetings where they have the opportunity for further on-going training and to meet other volunteers. There is a small amount of monthly paperwork to be completed and all travel expenses are paid.

Interested, why not contact us?

Shop Volunteer

Shop Volunteer

Home-Start Charity shop opened in February 2010 to raise vital funds for the charity. A manager is employed to oversee the day to day running of the shop, all other shop workers are volunteers. Volunteering for the shop is a great way to get back into a work environment and meet new people! Shifts in the shop are generally 10.30 am– 1.30 pm and 1.30 pm to 4.30pm. However, these can be flexible to suit your own lifestyle and you can commit to as little or as much as you like. Becoming a charity shop volunteer means you become part of the wider Home-Start organisation where we offer regular training and fun events.

What will I gain from being a shop volunteer?

As a volunteer for the Charity shop you will gain experience in the following;

  • Customer service
  • Working in a team
  • Working for a charity/non-profit organisation
  • Answering telephones/dealing with enquiries
  • Displaying merchandise
  • Handling cash.
  • You will develop new skills and have some wonderful experience to add to your CV
  • You will be refunded for your out of pocket expenses

Interested, why not contact us?

Fundraising Volunteer

Fundraising Volunteer

Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers are in need a new group of volunteers to help raise vital funds to keep the charity going after the funding cuts of the last couple of years. We are looking for volunteers to support and promote Home-Start at events both in the community and ones organised by Home-Start such as quiz nights, barn dances and street collections.

We are looking for volunteers who have

  • A can do attitude
  • Are organised
  • Can be flexible
  • Able to join in and be helpful

In return we will

  • Reimburse travel expenses
  • Provide training
  • Provide on- going support through regular meetings

You will

  • Meet people & make new friends
  • Do something great with your spare time
  • Improve your CV with new skills and experiences
  • Do something enjoyable/have fun
  • Make use of existing skills
  • Build confidence & take on new responsibilities
  • Be valued, appreciated and feel useful
  • Gain a sense of achievement

Interested, why not contact us?

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