Home-Start Guildford


Support and friendship for families

Thinking of Volunteering?

Building Better Futures for children in Surrey – watch our video clip showing the story of three Home-Start families and the volunteers who are supporting them. Click on the play symbol in the image above. Find out more about Home-Start Surrey. You can find out more by following this link: Home-Start Surrey Stories.

Volunteering with Home-Start Guildford

There are several ways that you can help Home-Start Guildford in a voluntary capacity:

  • by supporting a family as a home-visiting volunteer – our next Volunteer Training Course will start on 26th September, 2018.
  • by joining the Trustee Board
  • by helping in our Family Group


Home-Start Guildford’s home-visiting volunteers come from many different backgrounds and vary in age but all are either parents themselves or have parenting experience and are carefully selected for their friendliness and understanding. All volunteers attend a 32 hour preparation course, undergo an enhanced DBS check and provide two references before being matched with a family. They then take their own individual skills and experience to the families they visit. Our volunteers offer their time and commitment and are non-judgemental.

Home-Visiting Volunteers

Talking and listening can empower families to overcome their difficult situations.Volunteers are offered on-going training and support activities including specialist speakers and visits to family support services, as well as informal social gatherings.

Home-Start Guildford’s Trustee Board is made up of local people from a wide range of backgrounds such as social care, HR and business. The main requirements of a trustee are a real interest in the work we undertake and a willingness to be actively involved in the running of the charity. The Trustee Board is responsible for the financial security of the organisation and ensures its strong governance.

If you can help us we would love to hear from you, please Contact Us. 

A quick guide to becoming a Home-Start visiting volunteer

  • You must be a parent or have parenting experience
  • As a Home-Start volunteer you will support a family by visiting them at home for around two to three hours once a week
  • You should be able to commit at least one year of your time to Home-Start
  • You should have a non-judgmental attitude and understand about the pressures of bringing up a family.
  • You will have to attend our free Volunteer PreparationCourse with other new volunteers before meeting your first family.
  • When visiting a family travel expenses are paid
  • You must understand that your support for families is completely confidential
  • You will have to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check at enhanced level
  • You will meet regularly with, and be supported by, one of our Co-ordinators during the time you are visiting families.

Our Volunteers have said…

“I feel it is a real privilege to be allowed into a family’s home and help them with day-to-day problems. The children are lovely and come running to the door with open arms when I ring the door bell.”
“Recently my mum has been able to express how having Home-Start support has enriched her life and helped her to move forward with confidence.  Hearing this has been rewarding for me.  I felt I contributed so little, but made a big difference.”
“My mum was so exhausted and isolated after having twins.  She needed practical help and support and I really enjoyed being able to give her some rest and share her problems.”

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