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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 several of our projects – see below for more details.

Current volunteering opportunities

Become a Better Start Bradford Community Champion

Better Start Bradford Community Champions volunteer for a few hours a week to raise awareness of the importance of the early years of life and our activities through:

  • Telling our families about our projects, website and family newsletter
  • Attending and helping with Better Start Bradford events
  • Meeting other Community Champions and sharing ideas
  • Learning new skills and having fun volunteering in the local community

Find out more…

Volunteer as a healthy living 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. For further information and an application pack, please visit the HENRY website. 

Help support new mums

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Family Action run the Better Start Bradford Perinatal Support Service, providing emotional support to families under pressure during pregnancy and the first year after birth. 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 Jeeve on 01274 50534 or [email protected]

Volunteer with Home Start Bradford District

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]

Can you be a volunteer Doula

Bradford Doulas train Bradford women as CERTA accredited volunteer doulas to provide non-judgmental, 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 223201 or email [email protected]


Other local opportunities

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

Diva Bradford logo
Volunteer Centre logo
B supported 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