“It’s so rewarding doing this. You can help families learn to trust again,
to find hope and help them to find strength to connect with others in their communities.”
Chantal – Volunteer

Do you have experience with young children and have two hours to spare a week?

Your experience could make a huge difference to a local family.

Volunteer Family Befriender Opportunity

Who are we looking for?

  • Are you ready to give back to the community and learn new skills?
  • Could you visit a family for 2 hours a week to offer friendship and practical and emotional support?
  • Can you spend time with a young parent, helping to build their confidence as they prepare for life with a small baby?
  • Support a father on his journey into parenthood?
  • Or support a family who find it difficult to just get out of the house?

If so, this volunteer role is for you!

Our Volunteers:

  • Have experience caring for children
  • Understand the pressures of bringing up a family
  • Commit to befriending a family in their home for two hours each week
  • Volunteer for a minimum of six months after completing the Preparation course
  • Provide a listening ear and are  non-judgemental in their approach
  • Understand that their support for families is confidential.

We offer:

  • A free Volunteer Preparation Course
  • Regular one-to-one and/or group supervision and support from the Home-Start team
  • Additional specialist training to enhance your skills and experience
  • Forums and social events with other volunteers
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses
  • Tempo Time Credits rewards
  • An opportunity to become work ready


Other Volunteering Opportunities

  • We need volunteers to help with office admin, fundraising, family groups, events and outings, one-off workshops, and seasonal activities. Please get in touch to find out more!
  • If you are a local business looking for ways to support us we always welcome team volunteer enquiriesfind out more here.
  • You can support us as a volunteer trustee. Please visit our Trustees page for further information.


If you have any questions, please call us on 020 7724 1345 or email admin@hswestminster.co.uk

See our Volunteer Befriending Role Description    |    Hear from our volunteers about their experience


Next Volunteer Preparation Course:

  • September/October 2024: from week commencing 16 September for 4 weeks.
  • Days and time to be confirmed.
  • Venue: to be confirmed. 

Further 2024 courses will be delivered in November.
Dates will be announced in due course and published on this page.


To Apply:

Please complete our online form using the link below. Once received, we will invite you for an interview.
Before supporting a family, you will need to complete our Volunteer Preparation Course. All trained volunteers will undergo reference and enhanced DBS checks before being matched with a family.

If you have questions and to find out more, please contact Toni, Volunteer Development Coordinator, on:
020 7724 1345 | toni@hswestminster.co.uk

“The training was careful and detailed, encouraging participation and considered sharing between trainer and participants. I never felt anything other than supported during the session, and was able to understand a wide range of perspectives that were not in my personal experiences….. All this prepared me well for my first family”
Charlie – Volunteer