Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of our support include improved health and well-being and better family relationships.
trained volunteers visit the family's home for a modest period every week. They
tailor-make their support to the needs of the parents and children. Volunteers
are very committed and will keep visiting until the youngest child turns five
or starts school, or until the parents feel they can stand on their own two
feet. Parents and volunteers often develop a deeply trusting relationship which
can lead to powerful change within the family.
also run regular family groups and social events for families in particular ‘family
drop in day' and event that brings parents and the children and their
volunteers and family related experts to share and learning.
our home visiting volunteers have parenting experience and understand the
stresses and strains involved in bringing up a young family. They are
understanding, caring, and reliable and make a commitment to:
one or two families in their own homes on a regular basis during which they share
their parenting experiences
parents in their most important job of raising children.
role of the volunteer is complementary to the professional's and offers an
informal and flexible approach to the family's needs. Some families will only
need to be visited for a short t time while others may need the support for
much longer, although the aim of the scheme is to enable them to achieve