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Volunteer Practice Manager

  • Full time
  • Circa £30,000
  • Home-based, with travel to Leicester office required. Occasionally broader UK travel may be necessary.
  • Closing 21st October 2021

  • Advertised from 4th October 2021
  • Between 4-5 days (28hr-36hr). We are happy to discuss flexible working & also part time or job share options. Fixed term for 12 Months.


Home-Start UK is the leading family charity with trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children in communities across the UK. We are an umbrella organisation of circa 40 staff that works closely with our network of 189 local Home-Starts – all independent, registered charities.

We recognise that being a parent has never been easy. Every Home-Start volunteer is trained to work alongside parents to overcome the challenges they are facing. We work with parents to build on their strengths and give them the support that they tell us they need. We offer no judgement – just compassionate, confidential help and expert support. This peer-to-peer support is key to the difference Home-Start makes and often our volunteers have lived experience of the challenges their families are facing themselves.

Last year Home-Start supported 56,000 children in 27,000 families. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the pressures families are under and the critical importance of organisations that are supporting parents and children. Our services are in demand more than ever and we are growing as an organisation to reflect and meet the growing needs of our families.

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join our expanding central volunteering team at Home-Start UK as we drive forward our approach to volunteer management as part of the evolving Home-Start strategic framework.

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about supporting volunteers have a rewarding journey regardless of their role, skills or background. You will bring experience of understanding and supporting the volunteer journey from the outset and will be familiar with how to support inclusive recruitment, ongoing engagement and creative recognition. This role will not be directly managing volunteers, but will be supporting our federation’s 10,000 strong volunteering community through the delivery of a robust and user friendly toolkit. Your experience of working with volunteers therefore is crucial.

Application notes

To discuss this role in confidence, please email Jennie Mann Head of Volunteer Practice and Development

To apply please submit your CV, together with a supporting statement showing how you meet the experiences and skills required, to Please include “Volunteer Practice Manager” and your name in the subject line.

Note the supporting statement must be no more than two pages and applications without this will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 21st October 2021

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 2nd November

Home-Start is committed to Equality of Opportunity and Diversity. We wish to encourage applications from all parts of the community irrespective of gender, race, colour, age, sexual orientation or disability. Appointments will be based on merit, following an open and clear selection process. This is a UK wide role and applicants are eligible to apply from across the UK. We are also happy to discuss flexible working needs.

Should you have any difficulty completing an application e.g. due to a visual impairment, please contact us so we can find a solution that will enable you to apply to us.

As part of any recruitment process, Home-Start UK collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to provide data to Home-Start UK during the recruitment process. However, if you do not provide the information, we may not be able to process your application properly or at all. For further information please refer to the Home-Start UK Job Applicant Privacy Notice

Home-Start UK, a charitable company limited by guarantee. Company No. 5382181. Charity No. in England and Wales 1108837 and in Scotland SCO39172. Registered Office: The Crescent, King Street, Leicester LE1 6RX