Make Their Early Years Count

Being a parent is hard for everyone; for some it can be overwhelming. Some of us have a fantastic support network of family and friends to help, some of us don’t.  You could be the vital support a family needs and make a big difference to their lives. 

Why Volunteer?

People choose to volunteer with Home-Start Aberdeen to:  

  • Make a difference to a family’s life 
  • Give something back to their local community 
  • Return the support they once received from Home-Start 
  • Share a similar experience 
  • Boost their confidence 
  • Prepare for returning to work or to progress their career 
  • Do something fulfilling with their spare time.                                                                     

     We offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Home Visiting 

Home visiting volunteers 

Every day Home-Start Aberdeen is providing life-changing support to families across the city.  Our local community network of trained volunteers helps families with young children when they need us most. 

Home-Start’s Home Visiting Volunteers work alongside families, offering compassionate and confidential support, tailored to what each family wants and needsThey undergo extensive training and are supported by our expert staff team.  Most of our home visiting volunteers have some parenting experience; they understand that family life can be tough sometimes, which is why their support is so valuable to another family. 

Our Home Visiting Volunteers: 

  • Visit families weekly in their own homes (while Covid-19 restrictions are in place, volunteers and families are meeting outdoors or by video)  

  • Offer friendship, emotional support and practical help and be a regular, reliable presence for families 

  • Reassure families that bringing up children can be challenging and everybody needs help sometimes 

  • Emphasise the positive aspects of family life 

  • Draw on their own experience to help parents develop their skills, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children 

  • Keep children at the centre of the support focusing on their wellbeing and safety and ensuring the best possible outcomes for them 


We offer our Home Visiting Volunteers: 

  • Excellent preparation for the role through our Volunteer Preparation training course 
  • Regular and frequent support and supervision meetings, and ongoing help and advice, from a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator 
  • Ongoing training and personal development opportunities 
  • The opportunity to make new friends and build social networks 
  • Involvement in a vital local service which is part of a national and global network  

Home visiting requires energy, commitment, reliability, creativity and a sense of humour.  It can be exciting or challenging but above all it is extremely rewarding and worthwhile. 

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Cook’n’Connect Volunteers 

Our Cook’n’Connect project supports families to gain the knowledge, confidence and skills to have a healthy diet and make healthy lifestyle choices. 

The project focuses on;

  • Menu planning, budgeting and food shopping 
  • Practical cooking skills 
  • Using leftovers and reducing waste 
  • Cooking with children 
  • Supporting breastfeeding and weaning 
  • Maintaining a healthy diet and weight    


Our Cook’n’Connect Volunteers: 

  • Deliver one-to-one cooking sessions to families in their own homes (while Covid-19 restrictions are in place, one-to-one cooking sessions take place via video call) 
  • Deliver small group cooking sessions with families (while Covid-19 restrictions are in place, small group cooking sessions take place via video call) 
  • Help to create a library of recipes in written, easy-read, and video formats 
  • Emphasise the important of a healthy diet to give children the best start in life 
  • Support and encourage parents to improve their knowledge, skills and confidence around food and cooking 
  • Encourage parents to include children in cooking activities 
  • Help to deliver food and kitchen supplies to families who need them 
  • Go through our Volunteer Preparation training course prior to undertaking specialist training 

 We offer our Cook’n’Connect Volunteers: 

  • Excellent preparation for the role through Confidence to Cook, Nutrition, and Food Hygiene training  
  • Regular and frequent support and supervision meetings, and ongoing help and advice, from a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator 
  • Ongoing training and personal development opportunities 
  • The opportunity to make new friends and build social networks 
  • Involvement in a vital local service which is part of a national and global network 


If you’re passionate about food and cooking and love to share your passion with other people, then you’re just the kind of person who would make a great Cook’n’Connect volunteer Food is a great way to bring people together and if you enjoy sharing a passion for food and cooking, then you would be great Cook’n’Connect volunteer and make a real difference to families. 

Shop Volunteers

Our charity shop is located in the heart of the city at 101 George Street, opposite the John Lewis building, and it’s a great place to bag a bargain.  Shop profits are used to help fund our work supporting families in Aberdeen. 

Our Shop Volunteers: 

  • Meet and greet customers 
  • Organise and price donations in preparation for selling them 
  • Keep the shop floor and window displays well stocked, attractive and tidy 
  • Take cash and card payments 
  • Provide excellent customer service 
  • Our Volunteer Shop Drivers provide a donation collection service within Aberdeen 

We offer our Shop Volunteers:

  • A great working environment 
  • A chance to learn new skills 
  • A chance to gain experience in the retail sector 
  • The opportunity to make new friends and build social networks 
Click here to find out more about our shop

Friends of Home-Aberdeen Start Group 

Our Friends of Home-Start Aberdeen group is a small but dedicated band of volunteers who organise fundraising events and support other people who are fundraising for us. 

Our Friends of Home-Start Aberdeen Volunteers 

  • Organise, plan and deliver fundraising events, including our flagship themed annual afternoon tea 
  • Build networks with local business to raise our profile and encourage them to support our work 
  • Encourage and support people to take part in sporting events to raise funds for us 
  • Encourage and support people to organise their own fundraising events and activities to raise funds for us 

We offer our Friends of Home-Start Aberdeen Volunteers 

  • A chance to learn new skills 
  • A chance to gain experience in event management 
  • The opportunity to make new friends and build social networks 
  • The opportunity to contribute to the vital work of Home-Start Aberdeen, supporting families with young children across the city 

Extra pairs of hands are always welcome.  Whether you have experience in event management and would like to get involved in the planning and organising; or if you just want to help out at the events themselves; or if you could help with admin work, our Friends group will find a job for you! 

To find out more about volunteering for Home-Start Aberdeen, please contact us at admin@homestartaberdeen.org.uk or by phone on 07377 528596. 

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