What we do

 
 
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.

Our 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.

We 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.

All 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:

  • Visiting one or two families in their own homes on a regular basis during which they share their parenting experiences
  • Talking to parents
  • Listening to parents
  • Encouraging parents
  • Enabling parents in their most important job of raising children.

The 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 independence.