At the heart of Home-Start is the belief that parents play the key role in giving their children the best start in life and that other parents have the experience and understanding to support those families who need help.
We rely on volunteers to provide this support.

Without our volunteers Home-Start simply would not exist

We currently have 60-70 volunteers but we have a list of families waiting for a volunteer. We are always looking for caring people with a genuine desire to make a difference to families in the Wokingham Borough to volunteer with us.

In return we will provide all the training, guidance and support you need to be effective and make a real difference, whilst also providing you with the opportunity to meet new friends, enhance your wellbeing and develop transferable skills to take into the workplace.

Preparation course

All our volunteers start by undertaking a preparation course which fully prepares you for your role as a volunteer. To find out the date of the next course please get in touch or go to News.

The six week prep course runs for four hours a week at Shinfield Grange, Cutbush Lane East, Shinfield RG2 9AF. It takes the form of a fun and interactive workshop to ensure that you fully understand how we work and what to expect – we will never place you with a family unless you feel happy, confident and ready.

You will be given a folder of materials, which will be your reference for the duration of the course and beyond. You will be supported fully throughout your journey with Home-Start Wokingham by one of our scheme coordinators.

It is not an academic course, but you will get out what you put in. The learning is done through small group activities and discussions.

The topics covered include:

  • Introduction – Why is Home-Start needed?
  • Volunteering
  • Boundary Setting
  • Sources of Support
  • Confidentiality
  • Stresses in Family Life
  • Tools For Life
  • Safeguarding
  • Personal Safety
  • Ending Support
  • Course Evaluation



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