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Best Start Mentors

Waltham Forest (Chingford, Leyton, Leytonstone & Walthamstow) 

Our Best Start service operates across all of the Children & Family Centres in Waltham Forest and in local communities.  As a volunteer Mentor you will be an important part of the Healthy Weight & Oral Health Service.  You will use our 1-to-1 programme to support parents with children aged 0-5, who are worried about their child’s weight or family lifestyle.

Mentors spend one or two hours a week supporting a family through our 8 week Healthy Families programme on a 1-to-1 basis, in addition Mentors undertake community activities to help us reach families.  Some volunteers support more than one family at any one time.  Volunteer Mentors receive five free training sessions, a handbook, a Mentor toolkit, toolkits for families, as well as on-going support and supervision.

If Best Start Mentors are able to give more time, we are keen for them to get involved in other local activities such as:

  • setting up and supporting local parent and children activities run by HENRY and Children & Family Centre staff
  • managing or supporting health promotional stands and events
  • handing out leaflets and chatting to people in the community
  • helping parents and carers to access local activities and services
  • delivering posters and information to community venues
  • supporting workshops, healthy family drop-in sessions and oral health activities

Click here for a Best Start Mentor role description and here for an application form.

Any queries please contact wfsupport@henry.org.uk or call 020 8496 5223

Thank you for considering volunteering with HENRY – please tell friends and colleagues about our great opportunities.

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