About Us

Home-Start believes that children need a happy and secure childhood and that parents play the key role in helping them achieve their full potential. Home-Start wants to see a society in which all parents have the support they need to give their children the best start in life.

Our mission

Home-Start offers a unique service. We recruit and train volunteers, who are usually parents themselves, to visit families at home and offer them informal, friendly and confidential support. The families we help have at least one child under 13. We support parents as they grow in confidence, strengthen their relationship with their children and widen their links with the local community. Home-Start has a proven, lasting, positive impact on the development of children and the health and welfare of the family.

What we offer

A volunteer with parenting experience to visit parents with young children at home. The volunteer offers tailor-made one-to-one support, regularly – usually on a weekly basis.

Emotional support to help parents find ways to manage and resolve problems.

Direct support for children including playing, listening, having fun, establishing routines, encouraging development and providing opportunities for outings and treats.

Practical help with getting to appointments, doing the shopping, budgeting, nutrition and meal planning, cooking and making the home safe.

Outreach and family groups so parents can get out, meet others, and become more involved in their own community.

Information and links to other organisations including health and educational services.

Attendance at meetings and moral support, especially in relation to dealing with case conferences or solicitors and court cases.

Access to parenting advice and parenting skills training.

The Home-Start network

Local Home-Starts are rooted in the communities in which they serve. Each Home-Start charity is managed locally but is supported nationally by Home-Start UK, which offers direction, training, information and guidance to local Home-Starts and ensures consistent and quality support for parents and children.

To find out more about the national charity, please visit Home-Start UK

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