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Volunteer with Better Start Bradford

Are you as passionate as we are about working with families in our part of Bradford to make a difference to children’s lives?

There are lots of ways to support Better Start Bradford as a volunteer, developing your skills, confidence and social circles in the process. People volunteer for a whole variety of reasons and there are a range of opportunities with ourselves and with several of our projects – see below for more details.With each opportunity you’ll receive full training and ongoing support.

If you have any questions about volunteering with Better Start Bradford, please contact Emma Stafford: 01274 723146 / 07709 643864 / [email protected]

Current volunteering opportunities

Become a Better Start Bradford Volunteer Community Champion

Our volunteer Community Champions are simply amazing. By giving just a few hours a week, they help us reach many more families in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton by:

  • Helping out at our fun-packed family events
  • Spreading the word about our projects
  • Sharing simple tips, activities and resources with families to use with their young children

Find out more…


Become a Better Start Bradford Volunteer Community Board Member

Do you live or work in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor or Little Horton? Are you interested in improving the lives of babies, young children and their families? Have you been involved in any local groups or committees at a decision-making level, such as a community group, nursery or resident’s association? Our Community Board Members are the voice of local parents and families, playing a major part in supporting and developing Better Start Bradford. Find out more…


Volunteer as a Parent Champion

Could you volunteer a few hours a week as a parent champion for our HENRY project? You’ll gain great experience working in a team to support families, improve your CV and receive three days of free training. You’ll get ongoing support and know you’re supporting local families to live healthy lifestyles.We are not currently accepting volunteer applications and will be recruiting again in 2020, but will keep a list of people interested and be in contact when we have training dates.   For further information and an application pack, please visit  www.henry.org.uk/henryinbradford


Support Emotional Wellbeing as a Peer Supporter

Family Action runs our Perinatal Support Service, providing emotional support to families under pressure during pregnancy and the first year after birth. The service provides support to mums who suffer from mild to moderate mental health issues during the perinatal period. Could you volunteer to join their team? You will get free training and skill development, great experience, and know that you’re supporting the emotional wellbeing of pregnant women and new parents. If you’re interested please contact a Perinatal Coordinator on 01274 505034 or [email protected] for further information.


Support Families at Home

Home-Start Better Start trains volunteers from our community to provide home-visit support to families expecting babies and with children under four. Families will learn about early child development and getting children off to the best start through health and nutrition, social and emotional development, and language and communication. Could you volunteer to visit a family in their own home to offer friendly, practical and confidential support? For more information call Jane on 01274 666711 or email [email protected]


Become a Volunteer Doula

Bradford Doulas train Bradford women on a 13-week CERTA-accredited volunteer doula course to provide pregnant women with non-judgemental, consistent, tailored information and physical and emotional support six weeks before the birth, during labour and six weeks after the birth. Doula’s do not give clinical or medical advice or interfere with medical or clinical aspects of labour and are not trained as interpreters. Could you be a volunteer doula and support an expectant/new mother? For further information please call Bradford Doulas on 01274 223232


Share stories with Better Start Imagine

Better Start Imagine promotes literacy skills for young children. It aims to inspire a love of books from a young age and help develop early literacy skills and a special bond between parent and child through book sharing. In addition to gifting free books to children from birth to five living in the Better Start Bradford area, Better Start Imagine delivers weekly story and rhyme time sessions in local libraries and community settings. If you enjoy reading, sharing books or telling stories (without books) to children, have a creative streak and a spare hour or two a week, why not volunteer for Better Start Imagine? Please contact the Better Start Imagine Coordinator on 01274 730415 or [email protected] if you’re interested and would like to find out more. Full story and rhyme time training will be offered.


Other local opportunities

Visit these sites for more volunteering opportunities and related training in Bradford:

Diva Bradford logo
Volunteer Centre logo

Jobs and other opportunities

See our job vacancies and other opportunities with Better Start Bradford and our parent organisation, Bradford Trident.

View job vacancies

Evidence on volunteering

Read the evidence the national ‘A Better Start’ programme has put together on the value of volunteering to supporting children and families:

Volunteering evidence review – phase one report

Volunteering implementation framework – phase two report

“I volunteer because I enjoy spending time with people from different walks of life and listening to their experiences. Above all I feel fulfilled when I can make a difference to the lives of expectant and new parents I work with.”

Jaeesha Ali, Volunteer Doula, Bradford Doulas