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Join our inspirational volunteers

If you want to learn new skills to help you into employment, would like to give something back to the local community, or want to put that spare time to good use, we've got a volunteering role for you

Are you as passionate as we are about giving children the best start in life?

As a Better Start Bradford volunteer you can make a real difference to families in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton, build new skills, gain confidence and widen your circle of friends in the process.

There are a range of roles available, from helping us out in the Better Start Bradford team as one of our intrepid Community Champions, supporting expectant families during a time of great change in their lives, to running story and rhyme time sessions. With each opportunity you'll receive full training and ongoing support.

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Volunteer roles

Volunteer as a Community Champion

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

Volunteer as a Community Board Member

Our Community Board Members are the voice of families in the Better Start Bradford area and play a major part in supporting and shaping our work.

Volunteer as a Better Place Ranger

If you love the outdoors, value local greenspaces and don't mind getting your hands dirty, this could be the role for you!

Volunteer as a Doula

Acting as a ‘professional friend’, volunteer doulas help women to make informed choices around their pregnancy, birth, and infant feeding choices.

Volunteer as a Home-Start Peer Supporter

Volunteer peer supporters provide home-visit support to expectant families and families with children aged 0-3, to help them live happier lives.

Volunteer as a HENRY Parent Champion

The volunteer role for you if you are passionate about helping families be healthier and more active.

Volunteer as a Perinatal Peer Supporter

Perinatal Peer Supporters provide support and a listening ear to women who are suffering mild to moderate mental health issues during the perinatal period.

Volunteer for Better Start Imagine

If you enjoy reading, sharing books or telling stories to children, have a creative streak and a spare hour or two a week, this is the role for you!

Meet Emma!

Emma is our Volunteer Co-ordinator or, put another way, she looks after all our volunteers and makes sure they have everything they need. This includes training, ongoing support, resources (such as leaflets and branded clothing) and reimbursing expenses.

Emma keeps in close touch with all our project partners who have volunteering roles and is your first point of contact if you have any queries about volunteering with us.

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What our volunteers say

Better Start Bradford really do put the community voice at the heart of everything that they do. I have never seen that level of community co-production from any other organisation.


Community Champion

Joining the Partnership Board was a turnaround for me. I realised I did have a voice and - as my confidence grew - I felt that I could challenge anything that I felt my community would also challenge or not understand.


Community Board Member

I wouldn’t have had the confidence to apply for the Neighbourhood Engagement Worker role if it hadn’t been for the skills and knowledge that I have picked up through my volunteering roles. For me it is such a privilege to be part of Better Start Bradford.


Community Board Member

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