Special Needs Volunteer In Bedfordshire

Become a Home-Start SEND Volunteer

Do you live in Bedfordshire and have SEND parenting/grandparenting experience? Help local families get the support they need to give their children the best start in life. Become a Home-Start SEND volunteer.

SEND Volunteering in Bedfordshire

Why Volunteer With Our Charity?

There are many reasons why local parents like you volunteer with Home-Start:

  • No qualifications required, just life experience
  • Help parents of children with additional needs in your local community
  • Learn new skills and gain valuable experience for your CV. Many of our volunteers use their time with us as a stepping stone into social care careers
  • Being a parent of a SEND child can be isolating and sometimes scary, help others know they are not alone
  • Make the most of your unique life experiences (both good and bad) to support and mentor others on their journey as a SEND parent
  • Additional needs volunteer work supporting families is a very rewarding experience
  • Give young children and babies the best possible start in life
  • Make new friends with like-minded people.

Ready to join our team?

SEND Parents

Additional Needs Volunteering

Parents with children with additional needs come to our local charity looking for help when they are struggling to cope. They may not know information about the condition, where to access further support or what to do. Many feel they have to fight their way through the system to get their children diagnosed and get extra help in school. Whereas parents would often get support from friends, their experience of being a parent may not be the same as the parent of a non-neurotypical child. Sometimes they feel alone, that their child is different, and so are they. It is a lonely place to be.

As a Home-Start Central Bedfordshire volunteer, you can use your own life experiences to offer practical and emotional support to these families. Many will be at the start of their journey as a SEND parent. Additional needs volunteering is an opportunity to help another family get the support you could have benefitted from.


A Leading Support Charity

Home-Start is one of the leading family support charities in the UK with 269 schemes supporting 30,000 families and 60,000 children with a variety of issues. Our work is recognised locally, and we are proud to have won Voluntary Group Of The Year In 2019. None of this could be achieved without 16,000 amazing parent volunteers just like you strengthening families, guiding them on their journey and helping them back on their feet.

“I joined Home-Start because I wanted to use the things that I had learned from having my own family and experiences in life to help someone else who might be going through a similar situation. I have learned so much, the staff team are always so helpful, the other volunteers are friendly and I have enjoyed being with the families that I have supported and feel that what I do is a help. Home-Start is such a worthwhile charity to volunteer for.” – A Home-Start Volunteer

Get In Touch

    Home-Start Central Bedfordshire

    The Annexe, Downside Neighbourhood Centre

    01582 660061

    Home-Start Central Bedfordshire. A charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales, registered charity no. 1109262. Company Reg No. 5414484.